Learning about wine, vines and vignerons whilst living in the Languedoc

Let a hundred flowers blossom


Around 4pm this afternoon I received a text from Jeff to say that Rec D’Oulette, the vineyard of the Carignan of Flambadou had been vandalised. I had been in the nearby Flower Power parcel this morning but passed that parcel noticing nothing amiss.


I was horrified to hear and then see the photos which Jeff published on Facebook. Someone has passed through the middle of the vineyard with a machine to cut the flowers and plants which Jeff had planted amongst the olive trees. These are designed to attract insects, bees and other biodiversity to the area. Surely a benefit for all vignerons and people?

It is unbelievable that some pathetic individual or individuals see some twisted reason to destroy what is beneficial for the area and for vineyards. Jealousy? Who knows but they are wrong headed. And just wrong. Because Jeff will plant more. When someone cut down ten trees he had planted, he replanted ten. With another thousand for good measure. Flowers, plants will bloom again in Rec D’Oulette.

These photos were taken a few weeks ago in the vineyard, wild and planted flowers will return. And though one, or even a few, may not like his work for some reason, the support shown to Jeff comes from thousands of people. Let one hundred flowers blossom.


Author: amarch34

I'm a recently retired (early!) teacher from County Durham in North east England. I am going to be spending most of the next year in the Languedoc leaarning about wines, vineyards and the people who care for both.

2 thoughts on “Let a hundred flowers blossom

  1. Very sad that this happened. The people who did it are sick as well as wrongheaded. I hope the community will support him, I mean both locally and worldwide.

    Such things are often a sign of jealousy as much as ignorance.

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