Clos de la Bonnette

A very small human size vineyard (under 2 hectares), close to Condrieu, and the result of long term labour. The “Clos de la Bonnette” was abandoned after the First World War. Hillside deep weeding was necessary for what was already a..
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Isabelle Guiller, Henri et Antoine Montabonnet
Rhone Valley
Condrieu
Viognier
1,5 ha
AB : Ecocert
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A very small human size vineyard (under 2 hectares), close to Condrieu, and the result of long term labour. The “Clos de la Bonnette” was abandoned after the First World War. Hillside deep weeding was necessary for what was already a renowned vineyard in antique days. It was not a small matter… Break rocks, pull out a forest, build and strengthen small dry stone walls and stabilise terrasses called “chaillées”, plant and look after the vine stocks, all that, while cultivating near 5ha of organic market gardening... One needs passion and determination more than anything, especially when choice is given to organic methods. --- The land has been worked following organic principle ever since its resurgence (ECOCERT certification) and therefore unspoilt by weedkiller. Isabelle Guiller, at wine making process, and Henri Montabonnet, mechanic, builder and « in charge of soils », have every reason to be proud of their accomplishment !! Le Clos de la Bonnette, in Condrieu on the côte Bonnette (small valley of the Bonnette), it is a rich and protected ecosystem under 2ha. The choice of organic methods on steep slopes and small terrasses requires adjustment. Unfortunately horse support cannot be considered. Henri Montabonnet is the man for the job, he converts mechanical tools such as chenillette (small crawler tractor) to ease soil airing. --- During summer hot weather, hydric restrictions stop all plant competition. Finishing touch is done with pickaxe. Soils are supple and live. Viognier vines are worked following old methods, on « Stakes ». The domaine is in a modification and construction process ; the son, Antoine, should soon join the team with plots of land in Côte-Rôtie. Production scheduled in 2018 ! We cannot wait…

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