Organic agriculture is spreading through the world’s wine regions little by little. After having long been on the receiving end of abuse and been unloved by consumers, it has now become something people look out for when purchasing wine.
How many times have you heard people say “I don’t like organic wines” or even “Organic wines give me a headache”? This era seems almost over now with wine enthusiasts who have more knowledge on the subject and are more aware of what is going on, discussing whether chemicals are needed in the production. Biodynamic methods still suffer a bit from prejudice and suspicion. However, tables are turning, and it is defined by Demeter – the main certifying label – as a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to growing crops. As part of this new selection, we have put together a collection of versatile wines that are either certified organic or biodynamic.
Wines less than 30 Euros
Who says that Burgundy has to be expensive? We are starting off with a superb Viré-Clessé from Domaine de la Bongran (€20). It’s a fine white wine with a minerality and elegance that is just as good as its neighbours in Côte de Beaune.
We also recommend the Bourgogne Rouge from Fanny Sabre, a fine and precise wine with floral aromas. A truly successful cuvée for this “simple” regional appellation.
It is also possible to find pretty wines in Champagne for under €30. The cuvée Marcelle by Virginie Bergeronneau is proof of that, being a crisp and fruity Brut, delicate and light.
From the Rhône Valley, you will find Domaine de Maxime-François Laurent (Gramenon) which produces the beautiful Champsaurel 2019, a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, fresh and flavourful with a hint of the surrounding garrigue shrubland detectable in the wine.
Vincent Delaporte creates whites with very pure acidity in Sancerre. Discover the Silex cuvée, full-bodied and containing white fruit aromas and the classic minerality associated with its terroir.
In Bordeaux, the symbolic Château Pontet-Canet crafts its biodynamic wines. This time, we have the 2019 vintage for you which was partially aged in amphora and has a pure, deep register.
From the other bank of the river, the new vintage (2020) of Barthélémy from Château Le Puy is available. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is a veritable jewel which could be enjoyed anytime from today to in 30 years’ time.
Chablis shines in the 2018 vintage from Clos Béru. The wine possesses ripe aromas which slice through its bracing acidity. Aged for 18 months on its lees, the complexity of its aromas is remarkable.
Château Lafitte located in the AOP Jurançon charms us with its 2020 Argile, a great wine with tautness and purity which is a notch higher than found its 2019. A favourite of the iDealwine team.
Turning back to Champagne for one last stop before we let you explore the selection; we have Harmonie 2011 by Franck Pascal. This wine really reflects its name, being extremely balanced with a flavourful finish. A brilliant Champagne you can open now.