The quality of the vineyard is of prime importance
Great wines require excellent, ripe grapes (which are not over-ripe so they don’t lose their elegance, freshness, and balance) that are produced in limited quantities on a good terroir.
Respecting the environment
For the purpose of maintaining high expectations regarding the selection of terroirs, the management of vineyards, their yield, the perfect sanitary state and maturity of the grapes, and respect of the environment, some bills of specifications have been in place for more than twenty years.
When bottling our wines, we use natural corks and traditional Bordeaux bottles of limited mass (max. 500 gr.).
The Grand Listrac winery is a member of the first association of Bordeaux Wines supporting the Environmental Management System (EMS).
It became ISO-14001 certified in June 2013.
This certification leads us to control energy expenses, to sort and recycle waste, reduce the use of chemicals, protect the health of employees, as well as residents and consumers, and integrate as well as develop best practice rules.
All our white and rosé wines are labeled HVE3 (High Environmental Value Level 3). Our cuvée 116 also received this certification with the 2018 vintage.
75% of the surfaces declared for the 2019 vintage are likewise
This certification aims at :
- Improving environmental performance by reducing our impact on the environment
- Promoting our environmental commitment to processors, distributors, and consumers, as well as strengthening their confidence
- Responding to the environmental requirements of our purchasers and stakeholders
- Involving the entire staff in a unifying project
- Comparing how our environmental impact evolves from one year to the next, with level 3
The UCM range has also included certified Organic wines since 2012, such as Château des Cerfs in Lalande de Pomerol and Château Moulin Blanc in Montagne Saint-Emilion.
UCM has been a certified organic distributor since September 2019, with the number CER- OPT134707-C178928.
Practically speaking :
- In the vineyard: using fungicides, insecticides, weed killers, chemical fertilizers and GMOs is banned.
- In the winery: certain winemaking practices are prohibited. The list of usable oenological inputs is restrictive. The use of sulfite inputs has been reduced by 30 to 50%.
In order to ensure compliance with these conditions, an accredited, independent certifying body carries out a yearly inspection of all organic-farming estates.