For 25 years, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Classified Growth of Graves in Bordeaux, has taken a deeply committed environmental approach based on agro-ecology concepts.
Since arriving in Malartic-Lagravière in 1997, the Bonnie family has always been attentive to the environment in the vineyard and the surroundings: habitats, fauna, flora and waterways.
With its teams, the Château is committed to following a rigorous environmental charter with an overall agroecological vision. The main concern is to enhance fauna and flora biodiversity and farm the soil with reduced, measured human intervention and respect for the living, plant, animal and human: Plantations of hedges, woods and orchards, flowers on fallow land, soil care by stimulating its natural fertility, reduced ploughing (light, horse-drawn ploughing), maintaining plant cover, grazing by a flock of sheep and by geese are all examples here.
These active environmental approaches are part of a daily routine with an overall vision of adapting the winegrowing activity to new environmental and climate change challenges (late pruning, progressive replanting program with later-ripening grape varieties) to ensure the property’s future for subsequent generations.
The notion of a “Grand Cru” comes first and foremost from the terroir. “Everything begins in the vineyard,” co-owner Jean-Jacques Bonnie always says.