Today, many lands have been converted to organic farming.
But beyond this mark, which responds to an even greater need, there are men and women who want to be true to their convictions by going further. A real way to listen to the environment and therefore our benefit. We met Pierre Mosser, managing partner of Domaine de Favanquet in La Londe, to more clearly see this event affecting the world of wine. Domaine Favanquet, for the record, is a small piece of land located on the edge of the village of Notre-Dame des Maures in La Londe-les-Maures, and which benefits from a unique location, protected from strong winds. but there is enough air to aerate the grapes.
Favanquet is above all four friends, they are Muriel, Charlotte, Christophe and Jacky who took over the land in 2019, then joined by Sophie and Pierre. This setting was a real favorite for four friends who wanted to immediately move on to organic conversion, when they arrived with Pierre and Sophie Mosser.
Peter, can you introduce yourself?
Pierre MOSER: Winegrower and oenologist, I worked a long time in education. When I discovered the land, I loved it at first sight. And seeing Muriel, Charlotte, Christophe and Jacky finally convinced me. I immediately understood that we had the same philosophy of viticulture, of respect for life and love of the land.
You’re talking about philosophy, but more precisely?
PM: In our philosophy, we want to work with respect for nature. We mechanize as much as we can. For example, we take the time to plant seedlings by hand. Thus we find joy to work together and meet at friendly times. And then with a planting by hand we have better rooting in the long term, especially the more resistant grapes. If this example is not directly related to the organic label, this approach is consistent with our philosophy. ”
Where are you in organic conversion?
PM: We have been working organically for almost two years. But before being able to talk about organic wine, there is a period of conversion of respect, of three years. So our first organic cuvée for 2023. In organic viticulture, work and soil maintenance are important, we need to follow the evolution of the vine and be reactive to be able to intervene when necessary. Working in vineyards has a new dimension with organic conversion. This requires us to be more attentive to the symbiosis of our plants. As a reminder, in organic farming we do not use synthetic chemicals or weed killers and we have strict specifications that must be respected. All products used are natural. For us, organic conversion is an important step for the future. This is also why we have chosen to pursue an agro-ecological approach.
What is agroecology?
PM: Agroecology is an agriculture that is determined to be in harmony with the environment and ecology. It is a way of designing production systems that rely on the tools offered by ecosystems and that promote biodiversity and make soils more fertile. With agroecology, instead of depleting the land, we can naturally develop it for the future, we can reduce environmental pressure (e.g., reduce greenhouse gas emissions, limit the use of phytosanitary products) and we can preserve natural resources. resources. It is a question of using nature as much as possible as a factor of production while maintaining its capacity for change.
Do you have examples of actions that fit this approach?
PM: For example, we are trying to promote greater biodiversity, to change the life of our state. We will return the plants and insects to their proper place.
The soil is fertilized by fertilizing the rows and the soil around the plots and using green manure (crops cultivated to incorporate into the soil: clover, alfalfa, wheat, mustard, oats, etc.). Therefore, the weeds we let grow or we plant between the rows of vines, if they rot, can nourish the soil. With this method, insects multiply, earthworms aerate the soil and weeds also act as mulch to retain moisture, so less watering when there is a drought. We have also planted over 50 trees on the estate. It helps to cut the wind, refresh the air, create habitats for wildlife and then it further adorns the area. We also have the presence of a beekeeper on our land and we also work with a beekeeper. Finally, we also plan to be an LPO shelter.
And the wine, what did it bring him?
PM: If these methods are mixed first with a desire to protect the environment, the quality of the wine and its taste can benefit directly from the benefits of this vision. By favoring the maintenance of the specifics of the terroirs, we continue to move away from the standardization that threatens the agricultural and wine growing world. A wine is above all a land, sunshine, a geographical location specific to each situation. By allowing nature to do its work, we rediscover the taste specific to a region. And that’s what we’re all looking for today, operator or consumer. Rediscover the taste of reality!
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Domain of Favanquet
Hamlet of Notre Dame des Maures
83 250 La Londe the Moors
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