The great estate are turning to biodynamics

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Châteaux et biodynamie

Biodynamics is a viticulture practice that uses 100% natural products, from the treatment of the vines to the vinification stages. Biodynamics is based on very precise specifications. Each action on the vine is punctuated by the lunar calendar and biodynamic preparations such as herbal teas.

The pioneers of the practice developed in Alsace and in the Loire Valley. Zind Hombrecht and Nicolas Joly are the two precursors in France. Other mythical estates also turned to biodynamics very early on, the Domaine Chapoutier in the Rhône, or the Domaine Leflaive and the Domaine de la Romanée Conti in the Burgundy region.

The most beautiful references in biodynamics

Burgundy and its big names

Burgundy is known for its very special climates but also for its great estates with an international reputation. The Domaine de la Romanée Conti, unquestionably the most famous wine in the world, has always practiced biodynamic viticulture within its vines. However, not wanting to be certified for decades, it was not until 2016 that the leaders took the plunge and were certified with the French label Biodyvin.

Maison Leroy, a mythical big name in Burgundy, is also biodynamic. Anne-Claude Leflaive took over the family estate in 1990 and adopted this method of viticulture. In 25 years, his will and his know-how within the vineyards place him as one of the pillars of biodynamics in Burgundy.

The Châteaux of Bordeaux and biodynamics

Château Pontet-Canet launches the movement in Bordeaux

Biodynamic

Since 2006, Château Pontet-Canet has been one of the first great Châteaux in Bordeaux to turn to biodynamics.

First in sustainable cultivation and then very quickly certified organic, Pontet-Canet took another step forward with this Biodyvin certification in 2010 after three years of conversion.

Pontet Canet, fifth classified growth in the official classification of 1855, is the first classified growth to embark on this radical change.

Today other big names in Bordeaux are taking the same path as Château Pontet Canet.

Palmer and La Lagune are getting into it too!

Located on the Brauzes plateau, Château Palmer began its conversion to biodynamics in 2008 on just 1 hectare of vines. Gradually, the transition to biodynamics increased to reach the entire vineyard, i.e. 55 hectares in 2014. At the property, no more weedkillers, sheep are responsible for the grass in the vineyards. It was not until 2020 that the famous Bordeaux Château obtained its Biodyvin certification.

More recently, Château La Lagune turned to the Biodyvin label for certification in 2021. Owner Caroline Frey is convinced of the benefits of biodynamics in the estate’s vineyards.

A responsible dimension but not only…

Biodynamics is above all a philosophy of life and beliefs linked to the land. The winegrowers who choose to turn to this type of viticulture do not do so out of fashion or just out of ecological awareness, but for their values ​​and their beliefs about the benefits of biodynamic actions on their vineyard.

Maison Chapoutier, which has been cultivating its vines biodynamically since the early 1990s, is not content to act solely in its vines. For Michel Chapoutier, its manager, the responsible dimension goes much further. This is why, since 1996, all bottles of Domaine Chapoutier have a Braille inscription on their labels. An initiative that opens the way to sharing with everyone, because wine is undeniably a symbol of conviviality. This action is perfectly associated with the values ​​of biodynamics with which the Estate identifies.

Our selection of biodynamic wines

Château Pontet Canet 2014

Rated 95/100 by Robert Parker Wine Advocate in may 2020

“Deep garnet with a hint of purple to the color, the 2014 Pontet-Canet gives a very serious and classic Pauillac nose of cassis jam, cooked blackberries and warm black plums with suggestions of menthol, pencil lead, wood smoke, cassia and cast iron skillet plus a hint of baking spice.Medium to full bodied, it fills the mouth with dark and blue fruit jams with a rock-solid structure of grainy tannins and a Bold freshness, giving momentum to the long, exotic spice finish. It’s approachable now, but should really start to make jaws drop in 4-5 years.”

Deiss Marcel 2005

Rated 95/100 by Robert Parker Wine Advocate in february 2008

“The 2005 Schoenenbourg is even more intensely perfumed than the 2004, with gardenia, lily and chamomile backed by honey, brown spice and herbal distillates, and alluding to ocean breezes. Creamy in texture and ultra -rich, containing copious portions of candied citrus fruits, herbal essences, marzipan and honey, it nevertheless retains elegance and refinement – a testimony among other things to a subtle near-perfection of botrytis.Slightly less remarkable in final than the 2004, it is all the same of an extraordinary length, just as it will undoubtedly be lively.”

Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1998

Rated 91/100 by Allen Meadow in april 2015

“I have noticed that some bottles of the ’98 DRC have a slightly cloudy appearance and reduced aromas. This most recent bottle, however, had a beautifully spiced nose of wonderfully complex and now fully ripe secondary fruit aromas. full-bodied, rich and equally spicy are shaped by now relatively supple tannins on the delicious, balanced and lingering finish.Multiple and mostly consistent notes, although I’ve had a few bottles where the reduction was severe enough to detract from the flavor. overall consumer experience.”

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