Hello to all ! This year, more than ever before, people are becoming aware of the restraints to be observed for the good of our planet Earth. Yesterday we advocated that polluters pay for the damage, but today, it’s evident that paying will not be enough and everyone needs to get involved. Consequently, I believe the efforts from all will have a more lasting impact than the exploits of the few. This is why Champagne Benoît Mahieux will continue to implement good cultivation practices in our vineyards. We operate conventionally but are veering towards integrated cultivation and are also interested in organic and biodynamic practices. Thus, this year I have aligned my operations with a sustainable approach. In conclusion to this Editorial, I would like to talk about the best wines. In fact, they do not exist. It is an illusion that everyone is looking for but that no one ever finds. The best wine is the one you like. Forget the clichés and discover our products !
It is at this time that our grandparents leave the modest requirement of agriculture and animal husbandry to engage in viticulture. My grandfather Robert Guyot and his wife planted their vines 1 st .
This year there, my grandfather retires and it is logically that my parents leave them business to resume the exploitation. It is also the year of my birth.
After the college I join the wine-making high school of Avize where I teach the work of the vine the wine for to make my business.
Year of the retreat for my father, I get back a part of the family vineyards, of it made I leave my employment of wine-making worker to settle down on the exploitation. My mother also retires in 2014, I get back all the vineyards and I created my own Champagne.
As we rediscover mechanical and manual soil work, over 60% of our vineyard is no longer chemically weeded. We prefer organic inputs and do our best not to resort to chemical inputs, although we have to depend on the latter to protect the vines and the grapes against the diseases such as Downy and Powdery Mildew. Nevertheless, by being affiliated with Magister Prevention Program, I have developped a better understanding of diseases and how to prevent them. If a single application of inputs at the right time and place is sufficient, we will always favor this method over 10 ill-positioned and ineffective applications. We strive to redefine our expectations in terms of quantity and quality and to set up new cultivation standards (optimizing foliage exposure to the sun and wind, limiting excess foliage conducive to disease development). In addition, I have joined the Youth Club of Cooperative Nicolas Feuillatte in order to get involved and work on the challenges posed by sustainable viticulture.