• Cédric Bouchard's La Prêle vineyard in Celles-sur-Ource

    In 2007, Cédric Bouchard planted 15 rows of pinot noir in the vineyard of La Prêle, a west-facing parcel in the village of Celles-sur-Ource. The unusual thing about this planting was that he used ten different rootstocks, each selected for low yields and high concentration: “I wanted as much diversity as possible,” he says. “The complexity of the genetic material encourages the complexity of the wine.”

    In the belief that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, Bouchard planted the vineyard densely (2,500 plants in a quarter of a hectare) and allowed a heavy cover crop to grow, in order to provide competition for nutrients and force the roots to descend into the hard clay soil. “Ove
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