Vignobles Lacombe has claimed that it will soon be the first producer in France to offer wines which are "climatically neutral" or "neutral for the climate", and which contribute to slowing down global warming.

The firm, which produces 365,000 bottles of red wine annually from 4 AOC estates in the Médoc, said yesterday (17 October) that it has hired specialist company ClimatePartner to calculate its green house gases emissions and carbon compensation.

"In a wine-making business, there are numerous stages where CO2 is emitted: gases are given off during the vinification process, bottling operations and transport. We have already adopted measures to minimise our carbon imprint and are committed to reducing it even more, all this without cultivating the vines with horses," says Lacombe's owner, Rémi Lacombe.

Based on data collected by ClimatePartner, Lacombe expects to know during the course of this month the volume of green house gases it emits during the production process. A certificate attesting that the firm has compensated for the CO2 released will then be issued. Each bottle of the company's Bordeaux wine will carry a "neutral for the climate" neck sticker.