I have been a winemaker since 1991 and have been using certified biodynamic cultivation at Château Fonroque since 2002 and at Château Mazeyres since 2012. What we do is teamwork. My approach to winegrowing is like that of a researcher, in the most fundamental meaning of the term. I cannot be solely a scientist smitten with rationality, or just an uncompromising manager. The sciences teach and inspire me, but I consider the experience of the senses as providing one of the many different forms of objectivity. First and foremost, it is about observation (in this case of the vine and its immediate and distant environment), then about understanding and developing real trust in the spontaneous structures and creative solutions that emerge.
Supported by ways of thinking that have been guiding humans since ancient times, I apply this very personal approach to my wines in order to preserve their vitality and their potential to create a dialogue with the people who choose to drink them. The trust that I place in the strength of specific organic languages is a precious guide, paired with all the tools to bring the project to fruition. This sensitivity is increasingly widely shared by a community that refuses to simplify the complex or deny its responsibility within the chain of exchanges that nourishes all of us. This growing trend is expressed via a wide range of denominations and makes up what is now biodynamics, as yet still developing and exploring concepts that require calm examination of their legitimacy.
The result is the expression of a dialogue with a form of elementary intelligence that is not able to offer up its evident expertise and that it would be extremely harmful to seek to control. There is nothing magical or supernatural about what we do. It is simply an ode to nature with no fear of what still remains to be clarified. The human spirit, with its great patience, has been shown the virtues of accepting its own limits. This place that is truly our own is at heart the most comfortable, the place where we create real, substantial, non-decorative action. Vagueness, sometimes lingering and sometimes replaced by clarity, is inherent in this ambitious project of combining organic processes. The question of how to articulate this scientific equipment available to us and the resulting psychology has been occupying the grey matter of epistemology for several centuries. I am an heir to this heritage of thought, and I actively engage my memory as often as possible to nourish my role as an exploratory winemaker.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)