What is an organic vintage?
Since 1993, the Millésime Bio trade show has allowed you to meet winegrowers and buy with the guarantee of a certified organic wine. The principle of the show: no marketing, only the taste will allow you to judge a winegrower, many tastings are planned to convince visitors. But then who's going to see it? Les Grappes has selected its favourites from the show.
For the Alsace region, we strongly recommend that you visit the Domaine Rieflé-Landmann ! Located in Pfaffenheim, the Rieflé family has been perpetuating the family wine-making tradition since 1850. Extending over 23 ha, the vineyard meets the specifications of organic farming. A choice that, beyond the eco-responsible aspect, allows a strong expression of the specific characteristics of the many terroirs of the estate. Rieflé-Landmann wines are friendly, delicious and festive wines!
The Vineyard of the 2 Moons is also worth a visit! Why the "two moons"? Because it is with the stars that they produce wine, according to biodynamic methods. It is the lunar calendar that guides the two sisters from the grape to the bottle. But that's not all! All wines are certified BIO and Demeter ! The aim was to enhance this exceptional terroir with a very rich soil. The result: natural, refined and delicate wines, with a "terroir effect".
The Château des Annereauxan organic vineyard since 2007 and a family history. A vocation for his winegrower, Dominique Hessel, who is in the process of handing over this beautiful estate to his son Benjamin. Wines recognized by the Bettane Desseauve with the Plaisir 2015 prize or a gold medal at the Salon des Vignerons Indépendants.
The Ferran Castle organic then biodynamic, this vineyard seeks to recover the true flavours by eliminating all chemical products. A parcel located between two seas in Haut Benauge which is protected by the 6 wild parcels that surround them but also by its owners who want to keep this land going.
Known as an expert on his terroir, Jean-Marc Brocard has been convinced since its inception in 1973 that respect for the land must remain the foundation of its work. That is why it has always striven to apply ecological principles and to restrict human intervention in nature, in order to reveal each terroir.
Located very close to the medieval city of Carcassonne, the Sibille Domain practices organic agriculture on its vines. It covers more than 15 hectares, including 5 hectares in the Minervois Protected Designation of Origin and 10 hectares in the Protected Geographical Indication.
As for the Mas Amielhe has built a worldwide reputation for his mutated natural sweet wines, which he produces using an ancestral and unique ageing technique. Today its parcel or blending vintages in Maury or Côtes du Roussillon appellations are used to the great guides!
It is in the heart of the Hérault Valley that the Domaine de la Dourbie is located. It takes its name from this small river bordering the vineyard which flows into the Hérault. It is a 32-hectare family estate that has been undergoing restructuring since 2003. The grape varieties have been sorted in order to replant the original varieties of the region such as Terret-Bourret. Everything has been done on site and in organic farming since 2009. The philosophy of the estate is to combine "the traditional with the modern" by producing wines of pleasure and especially of sharing!
The field of Pascal Lambert was created in 1987, it is located in the place called "les Chesnaies" in Cravant les Coteaux. Organic farming has been practiced for nearly 20 years. Since 2005, the vines have been cultivated using biodynamic methods in order to achieve a better balance for the plant in its global environment. This environment obviously includes the man who drives the plant and accompanies it throughout its life. No vines without people, no wine without pickers, no large estate without a good team.
In Provence, let yourself be charmed by the wonderful vintages of the Château Henri Bonnaud
Château Henri Bonnaud is a 28 hectare family estate, located at the foot of the Sainte Victoire, where the entire vineyard is managed organically. Stéphane, the winegrower, produces Palette appellation wines, but also Côtes de Provence, Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire, and IGP Méditerranée.
The Calavon Castle has been owned by the Audibert family for five generations. Exploited since the time of the Orange princes, split up during the Revolution, it was gradually rebuilt. From 1998 to 2017, Michel Audibert, 5th generation, undertook major work on the vineyard and cellar, with the objective of making Château de Calavon an essential reference in the appellation. He handed over the reins to Sébastien Philibert, who today perpetuates the spirit and philosophy of the family, the quest for excellence.
Certified organic for more than 5 years, the Castle of Nages with Michel Gassier, impresses us with the consistency in the quality of his wines. Vintage after vintage, it is greeted by critics. In particular, he managed to receive a score of more than 90 for 7 vintages over the 2016 & 2017 vintages from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Guide! He also likes to break free from the framework of appellations with his Liberty'nages vintages in red, white and pink, which will surprise many people!
In this beautiful region, you will find the Colombo Estatemade of passion and work. Indeed, Jean-Luc's dream of becoming a winegrower came true in the early 1980s with the acquisition of his first vineyard, a hillside planted with old vines overlooking the village of Cornas. From this, in 1987, the first vintage of Cornas, "Les Ruchets", was born, which became the Domaine's flagship cuvée. Over the years, the vineyard grew and Jean-Luc was finally able to live his passion for wine to the full.