The Bibey family has been in the Médoc for many generations. Having settled in Bégadan, Jean-Mathieu Bibey, Jérôme’s grandfather, began cultivating vines as a farmer. At the time, he took the grapes to the village cooperative to produce chateau Pontet Barrail, as polyculture and livestock farming were de rigueur. The vineyard has been planted on clay and limestone soil. The oldest vines is from 1937!
The big changment came in 1988 when Yves decided to make himself the wine. So a winery has been built and the storie of chateau pontet barrail could start with a new ambition.
“My quality: My Nature”
Very close to nature from an early age, respectful of the traditions instilled by his grandfather, Jérôme has always had a special relationship with nature. Produced by listening to what nature has imposed. Jérôme decided to evaluate nature, the vine plant, the soil, understand the role of trace elements against fungal diseases and better understand this ecosystem. Always learning, observing the climatic events of the 2013 vintage, the hail in 2011, the frost in 2016 has helped him grow.
Today, he forbids the use of synthetic products in the vineyard. The fertilisers are organic.
Weeding is done mechanically, no insecticide is used, the use of sexual confusion is widespread. Crop-protection sprays are based on copper sulphate. The production sites are now committed to the EMS and members of the CIVB’s ISO 14001 certified association, and they are HVE3 certified.