From traditional to organic agriculture



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Blandine and Jérémy Borde grew up amidst the vines and then took over the family property from Jérémy’s grandparents in 2015. As believers in sustainable agriculture Blandine and Jérémy decided, from 2018, to steer Chateau Peylaby in the direction of organic agriculture.

Working in conjunction with nature enables them to reveal the true expression of Médoc ‘terroirs’. That is evident in their vintage where they have created a wine in their own image.

Chateau Peylaby is in the commune of Saint Germain d’Esteuil in the Médoc AOC. The parcels of vines are planted in three communes: Saint Germain d’Esteuil, Ordonnac and Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc. The soil here comprises calcareous-clay, gravels and sandy silts.

Grass is allowed to emerge naturally alongside the vines and the soil is enriched with other sowings and local manure as well as compost tea. For example, seeds of wild broad beans between the rows create a soil which is covered in Spring, which in turn feeds beneficial nutrients to the vines during the rest of the season.

Chateau Peylaby is a pioneer of sustainable practices in the Médoc AOC.

During the growing season biodynamic practices are used so as to improve the vines’ resistance to pests.

Created with passion, the 2019 vintage of Château Peylaby is full of energy: it is characterised by its lively nose, with hints of raspberry. The taste has a vibrant feel. This fresh and elegant wine is imbued with values from the mists of time.

As a lover of good wine, Laura Alt joined the team in January 2021 to commercialise Château Peylaby with passion. With her air of great conviviality and good humour, her role is to promote the wines and the image of the family property.

The 2020 vintage is available in different packages and is innovative: in an amphora, as a traditional wine in barrels and as a wine without added sulphites.

The conversion to organic agriculture will be successfully completed in July 2021. The next stage is to consider the steps which will lead Château Peylaby towards certification as a biodynamic wine producer by Demeter.

2021 Laura Alt (Saint-Germain-d'Esteuil), translation: Margaret and Richard Beasley