Nature, Land, Gravel, Climate…Terroir…
Precious stone, a quest for the black diamond…relentless intricate work, compulsory deftness of fingers, from the vines to the cellars, from the cellars to the glass…
To delight our taste-buds, brighten up our days; follow on from our ancestors… revelling in the Bacchanalia, like the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians…
Time no longer exists, only a great, refined civilisation remains…that of wine.
Text by Florent Battistella, owner of Château de l'Hospital
"Nature provides this creeper plant with what it needs to grow and produce the finest fruit.
There is the land, rich or poor, which we call terroirs when they offer us quality. The soils, made up of gravel, clay, schist or limestone, give the grape varieties the means with which to express themselves. Sunshine, wind, and rain make the vines grow. Then there is time, which lines the vines’ bark and, with each passing year, brings them closer to the stage when they can take on the enviable status of “old vines”, venerated as Man in the autumn of his life.
There are meticulous hands, for pruning, de-leafing, weeding and harvesting, sometimes involving successive pickings. There are male and female vineyard staff, working, grafting and always toiling to bring in the best fruit. The next stage is in the cellars, looking after the wine carefully blending and ageing it, like parenting a family.
Then there are the men and women. Those that observe, that attempt to understand, who speak with nature and are amazed by what it offers when they have paid it respect.
Human values enable us to forge links with others and all humanity. Respect is shown through listening, being honest, showing integrity, and also in our work. It is this respect that enables us to live harmoniously together, and which fosters, through our learning and our passing on of knowledge, man’s ability to develop and thrive. In the vineyards, we demonstrate respect, growing the vineyard ourselves, ensuring that the soil remains alive; avoiding changing its intrinsic nature by keeping the balance that it already had before the vines were planted; and this is achieved by the sheer will of passionate vine growers, and by choosing to work in an ethical way, ever loyal to nature.
There is La Cité du Vin. This is no motionless construction wrapped in a clothing of stone or concrete.
The Cité articulates movement and gesture, and through its flowing architectural form, it invites us to imbibe ourselves in wine’s great history."