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At the Château Gasqui Vineyard Nature is a Companion at Work

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull:

“You have to have confidence in the terroir,” winemaker François Miglio emphatically told me. “You have to accompany its natural harmony,” he continued, echoing the essence of the biodynamic philosophy he follows, as we sipped wines in all three colours at Château Gasqui one particularly hot summer afternoon over a over a year ago.

Château Gasqui, a 100-hectare (250-acre) property dating back to Gallo-Roman times, is located in the heart of the Var, near the small village of Gonfaron.

…Continue reading here to learn about the Château Gasqui vineyard biodynamic practices. This winemaker uses natural yeast in their rosés, which is a rarity in the industry. Commercial yeast is more predictable, produces a quicker fermentation, but adds flavour that this winemaker does not want masking the taste of his wine. Discover how ancienne agronomie grecque differs from bio-dynamic wine making practices.

More Biodynamic Wine:

Lessons from Montirius a Biodynamic Winemaker in France

Château Romanin: Two Millennia of Wine and Mystery

A Sense of Provence: Domaine Dalmeran

Via:: Provence WineZine


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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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