Today, organic wine production is anything but unusual, which is why we are offering a sale solely devoted to organic, biodynamic and « natural » wines. Enjoy “green” wine!
Around a 100 years ago, all vineyards were organic and nobody took notice! Following the « chemical » development of viticulture between 1945 and 1980, many winemakers realised that a more sustainable approach is required to produce terroir wines, with less chemical weed control, systemic treatments and interference during vinification. This is why more and more producers have converted their vineyards to organic or biodynamic production. However, while some of the most famous names are certified by independent agencies, they do not mention this on their labels – their approach is genuine and not just a marketing ploy! This includes Romanée-Conti, Leroy, Comtes Lafon and Pontet-Canet.
Our latest Fixed-Price Sale offers a vast selection from all major wine regions, with the organic approach increasingly being adopted, despite it being easier to do in southern Rhône, with the benefit of the sun and Mistral, compared to the humid conditions of Bordeaux.
This sale includes wines from certified organic and biodynamic producers, those currently in conversion and a few that are part of the “natural” movement, but uncertified, whom we know well enough to consider as part of this selection, for example Beaujolais’ Jean Foillard and Georges Descombes.
Here is a regional breakdown of this sale:
• Organic and biodynamic viticulture has always been important in Alsace, with Deiss and Zind-Humbrecht in the lead, followed by many other top producers, such as Ostertag, Josmeyer and Valentin Zusslin.
• Beaujolais’ top selection includes Jean Foillard, Georges Descombes, Jean-Louis Dutraive (La Grand’Cour), Joseph Chamonard and Charly Thévenet.
• Burgundy: innovative whites from Côtes d’Auxerre in Goisot, reminiscent of Chablis; A&P de Villaine and their delicious wines of Côte Chalonnaise; Chablis and Côte de Beaune, home of Drouhin (including the legendary Clos des Mouches); opulent Mâcon and Pouilly wines from Soufrandière and Bret Brothers; as well as wines from Puligny d’Etienne Sauzet, Gevrey-Chambertin de Rossignol-Trapet and more.
• There is also a good selection from Champagne (Drappier, De Sousa, Francis Boulard, Franck Pascal, Larmandier-Bernier), Jura (Tissot, Buronfosse, Berthet-Bondet, Le Pélican) and Savoie (Giachino, Berlioz and Ardoisières).
• Languedoc/Roussillon features a beautiful array: Jean-Baptiste Sénat (with his legendary Nine), Alain Chabanon, Clos Marie, Gauby, Marlène Soria and the Mas Champart.
• Two producers should be highlighted in Provence: Clos Milan with its “natural” red and white wines, as well as Terres Promises of Jean-Christophe Comor, with many of its red, rosé and white wines, produced at La Roquebrussanne in the Var countryside.
• The Loire offers a wide selection of appellations: Bourgueil with popular Catherine and Pierre Breton, as well as their neighbours in La Chevalerie; Saumur-Champigny with the wines from Roches Neuves by Thierry Germain; Chinon with delicious reds from Nicolas Grosbois; and not to mention François Chidaine and Huet of Montlouis and Vouvray, the Muscadets of Jo Landron, Sancerres of Fouassier and Anjous of Clau de Nell.
• Finally, in the Rhône Valley, there is a good selection from both the south (Marcoux, Charvin, L’Oratoire Saint-Martin, La Vieille Julienne) and the north, with Combier wines from Crozes-Hermitage and especially Stéphane Othéguy of Côte Rôtie all showing finesse and delicacy reminiscent of Burgundy.
This is an exceptional selection of organic, biodynamic and « natural » wines, all true to their terroirs – but hurry, quantities are limited and the finest wines will sell fast. So spread the word!
This Fixed-Price Sale closed on 27 April 2015.
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