Parents cut one Cru Bourgeois some slack for opting for organic

Monday January 28 2019 by Vitisphere

The New Year lends itself to announcements and the decision by Château Clément Pichon (25 hectares in the Haut-Médoc appellation) to switch to organic viticulture could be likened to a New Year’s resolution. Its aim is to allay concerns amongst parents of pupils in Parempuyre, southern Medoc. Since plans to build a secondary school in the village became public, its proximity to four of the Cru Bourgeois’ vineyards has fuelled fears of exposing children to pesticides.

To ease the pressure, the Fayat group has announced that its property, Château Clément Pichon, will undertake a gradual switch-over to organic viticulture from the 2019 vintage, starting with the 5 hectares of vines that are located fifty metres away from the site that has been designated for the new school. The outcome is a victory for the pupils’ parents, who have been heating up their campaign since last summer. “We are no longer opposed to this location for the new secondary school, when the chateau is fully converted to organic in three years' time”, said Ludovic Coutant, co-founder of the parents' collective.

Now reassured, the parents are putting an end to their mobilisation, but not to their vigilance. “We're not going to be lulled into a false sense of security by promises. We will make sure that they follow through and deliver on their promises”, said Valérie Murat, spokeswoman for ‘Alerte Aux Toxiques’.


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