Since 1999 the 28 hectares (70 acres) of our family estate have been farmed organically. Priority is given to tilling and to dense planting (about 10,000 plants per hectare or 2.5 acres), which encourages the vines to put down deep roots and stimulates biological activity in the soil.
Thanks to their deep roots, the vines are able to absorb precious mineral elements from the subsoil. These bear the unique imprint of the terroir and contribute to the pronounced minerality of our estate wines.
Vines are cane-pruned (single or double Guyot) and low yielding (from 30-50 hl/ha), the latter a contributory factor in allowing the grapes to confer on the wine the true expression of our terroir.
Harvesting is done entirely by hand and grapes are sorted in the vineyard. They are then transported in crates no bigger than 20kg-capacity so as to avoid squashing. The whole bunches are then tipped gently into the press.
Since 2013, Domaine Muré is run entirely using biodynamic farming methods. In the vineyard, work is carried out with a profound respect for the terroir, by constantly seeking to understand the rhythm of the land and the plant.
Biodynamic practices are to some extent similar to those of organic farming (moderate tillage, mechanical weedcontrol, composting, etc.), but biodynamics brings its own specificities to encourage the vitality and health of the ecosystem of the vineyard while promoting biodiversity.
In addition to the sulphur and copper used in organic farming, biodynamic preparations are sprayed on the soil (horn manure) and the vines (horn silica). Infusions of medicinal plants such as horsetail or camomile are used to strengthen the vines’ natural defences against mildew or powdery mildew. Whether in the vineyard or in the cellar, the cycles of the planets set the pace.
Fermentation is carried out using the natural yeasts of the cellar and the addition of SO2 is restricted as far as possible. Thanks to meticulous work in the vineyards and in the cellar, the wines produced by Véronique & Thomas Muré are a direct reflection of their unique terroirs.
The biodynamic wines are certified by Demeter or Biodyvin, two agencies that guarantee a viticulture respectful of the plants and the biodiversity.