All winter, we have been preparing our Centenary Olive Grove parcel to welcome baby vines. This parcel was actually formed by two blocks with, in the middle, a small stone wall which we broke but more space and work convenience. We also had to move some of these elderly Olive Trees in order to align them with the future vines.
Then came the time to plow a bit deep in order to de-compact this soil which had not been worked for decades. With a quite wet winter, this task has not been easy but by the end of February, this 2 acres parcel was ready to welcome almost 6 000 baby vines with mostly the "king of Bandol" Mourvèdre, some Cinsault and a touch (10%) of Ugni Blanc to bring acidity and fruit in the future rosé wine.
Plantation took place March 2nd, day for day 30 years after my Dad Gérard passed away. I actually realized it when I was helping during that very special day as; "Yes", it took the 5 of us one day to plant 6000 vines ! When this came to my mind, I thought my Dad should be proud of my Nature path. He is one who seeded in me the Love for Mother Nature and this is this deep Love that, I think, pushed me into becoming a farmer and a winemaker.
Then came the watering time where I spent 4 full days getting to know each baby vine by watering them, which permits to cover their roots with wet dirt and avoid any threatening oxygen around them. This was a special time where I have been in deep thoughts with the past, the present and the future..
3 months after, most of our babies have bloomed and are very healthy. In 2 and 1/2 years time, they will produce their first grapes.
I will most probably make a wine from this very parcel, guess which name I will name it ?