Georges de Blanquet
Located just northwest of Aix-en-Provence, vigneron Philippe Pouchin has been farming organically since his arrival at the domaine in the early 1990s. Since 2010, the domaine has been certified Agriculture Biologique. Over the past several decades, Philippe has worked to create a balance in the vineyard through biodiversity. As he describes it, “the vines grow in the middle of the grass, like a tree in a prairie. This way of farming creates a lot of biodiversity, and at the domaine has replaced the traditional plowing. This effect of biodiversity makes the vineyard more resistant to imbalances in the weather or other ill effects. The vines at Badasset have been pioneering in this regard. We find here a certain wisdom centered around the idea that it’s more efficient to bend to the will of nature and accompany it, rather than to fight against it.”
The wines produced are an honest reflection of this desire to respect the land, and they also represent a terrific value.
A side note: Badasse (with an E at the end, smart guy!) is the name of a local flower found in the mediterranean. Called canary clover in English, it was used to feed silk worms in the middle ages, and today is prevalent part of the biodiversity around the domaine.