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                                                                                                                                 DOMAINE DE

                          The jewel of Maison          had to train our teams to be able to                                      LONGUE TOQUE
                       Gabriel Meffre’s estates,       operate them." Some plots are more
                      Domaine de Longue Toque          challenging than others. "This is the                                     ACHIEVES
                         was awarded organic           case with those located in the Cayron
                         certification in 2020
                        following a three-year         area, at the foot  of the Dentelles                                       ORGANIC
                      transition. Read on to find      Sarrasines, at an altitude of nearly
                                out more.              500 metres," comments Nicolas.
                                                       "This is at the  limit of where vines                                     CERTIFICATION
                                                       can be grown; there are very steep
                               he organic flag  now    slopes and a high level of limestone
                               flies proudly over  the   in the soil.  However, these terroirs
                               47  hectares  of Domaine   are very much worth the effort. Late
                     Tde            Longue    Toque,   and fresh, they compensate for  hot
                     which  was  acquired  by Maison   years, bringing a lot of freshness and
                     Gabriel Meffre in 1999.  Covering   elegance to our wines."
                     several appellations – Gigondas,
                     Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône        Partly  abandoned when  it was
                     Villages Plan  de Dieu and,  more   acquired by Maison Gabriel Meffre,
                     recently, Cairanne, Rasteau and   the vineyard has been significantly
                     Côtes du Rhône – it was awarded   restructured. "We have rebuilt  all
                     'Agriculture  Biologique'  (organic   of the "banquettes" (narrow terraces,
                     farming) certification in 2020 after   measuring between 5m and 10m in
                     completing a three-year transition   width, where the  vine grows)  and,
                     process.  "We have learned to  live   this winter, we are going to graft
                     with weeds!" says Nicolas Spéranza,   some Grenache vines using rootstock
                     vineyard manager, with a smile. "In   suited to these  extreme  conditions."
                     our climate, vine diseases are not a   The vine stock that will be used is
                     big  problem.  The main  challenge   from massal selection: "this method
                     when  transitioning to organic is   involves identifying the vines on
                     managing weeds."                  a  plot  that  are the highest quality,
                                                       the most interesting to multiply,"
                     In order  to manage  them, much   explains  Nicolas. "It is  a way to
                     effort  has been put into  working   preserve biodiversity  and existing
                     the soil, including  mowing  the   assets." We will need to wait three                                                                                                                 Nicolas Spéranza - vineyard manager
                     plots  and  the  use  of inter-vine   years  for  these  young vines  to
                     cultivators. "We have  equipped   produce their first grapes.
                     ourselves with the  necessary tools,"                                                                                                                           Domaine de Longue Toque: key figures
                     continues  Nicolas. “We have also                                                                                                                               - 47 hectares
                                                                                                                                                                                     -  2020 vintage certified organic for the Gigondas,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
                                                                                                                                                                                     and Côtes du Rhône white AOPs
                                                                                                                                                                                     - Organic certification underway for the Cairanne,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rasteau, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rhône red AOPs
                                                                                                                 Parcel in Cayron area at 500m in altitude in the heart of the Dentelles de Monmirail
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