Dear friend of Lumière:
First of all, happy 2021. We hope you had a happy holiday season and a happy new year with your loved ones.
Like every beginning of the season, we write you an email with some details of our activities and our philosophy, with the aim of sharing and bringing you closer to the vineyard, viticulture and our passion and knowledge of wine.
We are having very good references that can help you in your work. These weeks we have had two new references in the Financial Times and Decanter:
You can share it with your team and here you have us as always to help you with whatever you need. A hug and to 2021!
Winter is, according to biodynamics, an ideal time for reflection. The life of the soil is buried, the sages go to the bottom of the roots, lowering the intensity of our activity, and the skies are cleared.
In addition, this winter has come strong and cold, something that we appreciate here in the South of Andalusia since it is very good. The cold cleans the environment, being preventive of diseases and pests, and helping the vine to “fall asleep”, to rest and save its energy for spring.
2020 has ended, a year of bad times and pain for seeing the suffering of people and families affected by the Covid, and especially, that of our elders alone in their homes; they have been irreplaceable losses. Also the hospitality industry and all the professional activities that have directly and indirectly suffered and are suffering from time and mobility restrictions, in which we include wineries that we do not sell in supermarkets. To all of them, our sincere encouragement and strength to overcome these moments.
Like everything in life, like ying and yang, 2020 has also had good things: the main one is that we have given a huge break to Nature, animals, skies and plants. The force with which nature responded especially in the first confinement was a great lesson. Throughout this year there have been skies of unusual beauty, without aircraft contrails and with a range of colors that we have never seen. And coincidence or not, a spring so rainy has not been remembered in years, and it has been one of the best autumns we have experienced.
For Muchada-Léclapart, 2020, despite everything, has been a year of consolidation. With our second vintage on the market (2018), the public has better understood our project, focused on finding the soul of our region through dry white wines from living albariza soils and the subtlety of the well-cared for palomino grape; and that they are demonstrating global relevance. We have had very good reviews from several international references, where the important thing is not your score but your literature. They have given us sublime and sensitive descriptions, of great delicacy.
It is our pleasure to attach them to you in their full version so that you can enjoy them.
As for the fall, we have enjoyed a rainy weather, finally! After two very dry autumns (2018 and 2019). The vineyard needed it to recover and be more vigorous. As we say, in rainfed agriculture the most important thing, water, does not depend on us; it depends on the sky. And that, although it makes us suffer on many occasions, has something transcendent, and gives us a teaching of humility and acceptance.
For our part, we have taken advantage of the autumn to promote the life of the soil. Autumn and spring are the periods in which the lands activate their life multiplication process, taking advantage of the mild temperatures. The more alive our lands are, the greater the vine’s ability to compensate for the forces of light and heat in spring and summer, and the more balanced we will have in the grape and, inevitably, in the wine.
To promote the life of the soil, on the one hand we have tilled, kneading the soil at the times it required, sensitive to its rhythms, as if we were bakers, to promote its sponginess, which offers air gaps (oxygen, nitrogen and other elements ) that microbiological life requires.
On the other hand, we have made contributions to compensate for the grapes that we remove in the harvest: we have applied the 500P biodynamic preparation twice, and a biodynamic organic sheep and cow compost, but in a small amount (1000 kg / h); always in the idea of feeding the earth and not feeding the plant. We want the vine to not settle down and go find what it needs on its own.
We have also applied nettle slurry to the soil, to promote root development and help the calcareous soils of albariza to unblock iron and prevent chlorosis from appearing – which is a very common pathology in our lands.
We send you a mosaic with some images as a summary of autumn 2020.
With our best wishes. Let nothing turn off our light. Happy 2021!
Alejandro and David