The Wine Buff Cork - Château Fourquet Bordeaux - Hev Level 3
|1 x 750ml
Grape Variety : Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pierre Lavau’s Bordeaux wine from Castilion is attractively balanced with black fruits that are well integrated into the soft tannins, with perfumed acidity and a ripe, juicy texture. Developing deliciously, the wine is ready to be drunk.
To the east of St. Emilion, and on the north bank of the Dordogne, Castillon is gaining a considerable reputation. The area has significant vineyards on the higher slopes with a clay and limestone base.
The style of the wines is akin to good St. Emilion, and the wines use predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In common with other regions recognised to produce interesting and good value wines, several well-known St. Emilion proprietors have invested in the appellation over the past decade. The 2016 vintage was Pierres first vintage to be certified as HEV Level 3 "High Environmental Value".
The certification is called Haute Valeur Environnementale and was introduced in 2011, it encourages farms and vineyards to focus on increasing biodiversity, reducing and eliminating the use of pesticides, managing fertilizer inputs, and improving water management. Once a farm has attained the third and most stringent level of the certification process, it is deemed worthy of the title “High Environmental Value” (“Haute Valeur Environnementale” or HVE) and the wine maker can include this label on their wines.
Customers and wine drinkers are now more than ever curious about where their wine comes from and how it is made, and this new certificate communicates that the wine maker is adopting sustainable agriculture practices and allows wine drinkers to easily identify farms engaged in such practices.
A customer recently asked is this going to replace the organic certification? That’s a very good question, Organic certification is not the perfect solution, as its requirements do not suit every wine maker, nor every customer. Haute Valeur Environnementale provides an alternative pathway, more adaptable, perhaps, than traditional organic certification, with more emphasis on biodiversity in the vineyard.
HVE thus opens an alternative route for winemakers to put their environmental concerns into action and be recognised for it, as opposed to farming organically and not advertising it.
Shelf Life: 3 Years