Organic and biodynamic wines are the fruit of carefully balanced work between the vigneron and the vine. Do you know how many organic and biodynamic wines there are available on the iDealwine website? As of August 2023, we have a selection of 4,500 wines from these categories, some of which are also natural and/or have a Triple A label. Explore this universe with us as we take a look at the pioneers from Jura, Beaujolais and the Loire.
Pioneers from Jura, Beaujolais and the Loire
Among all of the wines we have in our ever-expanding selection, some are notable for their pioneering nature in the world of organics and biodynamics.
Certain regions are especially well-reputed for these growing methods, starting with the Jura. The region has many must-try estates like Domaine Tissot, which gained organic certification in 1995 and biodynamic in 2004, and Domaine Ganevat, certified biodynamic in 2005, have inspired a generation of winemakers. Why not also discover the wines of our other partner domains of Domaine de la Pinte, Philippe Chatillon, Fumey Chatelain, Berthet-Bondet and Pélican?
Numerous pioneering figures of these movements can also be found in the Beaujolais region. We think of Domaine Marcel Pierre, an estate with 40 years of organic certification. This property’s vigneron has been known as the ‘pope’ of natural Beaujolais, producing wines with a silky fruit profile and flavourful, captivating character. Marcel’s children, Mathieu and Camille, have taken over the domain, allowing us to continue offering bottles at fixed price. A disciple of Pierre, Jean Foillard has become a central figure of the Beaujolais. His Morgon Village, Corcelette and Côte du Py wines are excellent and perfect for ageing. His son, Alex, now runs the winery.
From the Loire, we turn without hesitation to Coulée de Serrant: Nicolas Joly, a strong advocate for biodynamics since 1985, decided to exclude all use of chemical additives and pesticides to allow his remarkable terroir to express itself. His daughter, Virginie, has continued the family work with a range of recognisable cuvées. Here, you’ll find the Savennières Les Vieux Clos and the Savennières Roche aux Moines Clos de la Bergerie cuvée. Equally noteworthy are the wines of Patrick Baudouin, Domaine Belargus, and Lise et Bertrand Jousset.
How about the rest of France?
Heading to Alsace, there is Domaine Zind-Humbrecht whose 40 hectares are cared for using biodynamic principles. Withing the wide range in stock, you can find Gewurztraminer Grand Gru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain, Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint-Urbain, Pinot Gris Roche Calcaire. Applying biodynamic principles since 1999, Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss allows the terroir to shine through in its exceptional wines thanks to these methods. Its Riesling Grand Cru Wiebelsberg springs straight to mind. If we move slightly south to Burgundy, we will find Domaines Jean Trapet Père et Fils (with a very elegant Gevrey-Chambertin), Domaine des Vignes du Maynes (Bourgogne Les Crays is a mineral wine that shouldn’t be missed) and Domaine Goisot with vines in Saint-Bris and Irancy (La Ronce from the Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre appellation is a quality wine for ageing).
Admittedly, traditional regions like Bordeaux are not the biggest names in the biodynamics business. However, there are examples of excellent organic production at properties like Château Pontet-Canet, with a wine that progresses with every passing year. At Château Maison Blanche, Nicolas Despagne has brought production through the steps of organic, biodynamic, and now almost natural methods. These wines are a blend of old Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines grown on historic terroirs. Emilien is the flagship cuvée from Château Le Puy, somewhat of an outsider and one of Bordeaux’s most innovative domains. From the Rhône, we’re inviting you to taste the excellent wines of Domaine Chapoutier, now one of France’s biggest properties following biodynamics, and this since 1999. We also recommend Domaine Aléofane and Paul Avril, both certified organic.
If you want to head outside of France’s boarders and travel to Italy, you will also find a great selection to choose from. There are wines from Roagna from Piedmont and Tetramythos in IPG Péloponnèse.