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Well, we'll start at the beginning.ement with a small topo on biodynamics. Easy! Easy!

In the beginning....

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We owe this approach to the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who in the 1920s asked several essential questions to the agricultural world: what are the effects of fertilizers and pesticides on the soil? how do cosmic influences affect agriculture? what is the cause of the decline in food quality? etc. etc. In short, Rudolf asks many questions and proposes ideas to farmers to give their land back its liveliness and fertility.

The preparations

To work the land in accordance with this approach, farmers are therefore encouraged to throw away their bottles of chemical weedkillers and other malignant fertilizers. To take care of the vines in biodynamics, it will be cow horns, dung, plants, and lunar calendar... Quite a program!

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Among the most well-known and used preparations, the "500" Horn dung. This preparation is obtained by fermenting good quality cow dung in the soil, introduced into horns and buried in the ground in winter. Once out of the ground, this dung, energized with water, will be sprayed on the soil, here the vines.

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This protects the plots from disease and avoids chemical fertilizers. Treatments must be performed in accordance with the lunar calendar for maximum effectiveness.

The Demeter Label

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As they go to great lengths, winegrowers who work in biodynamics can apply the Demeter label to their bottles in accordance with the "specifications". These products have a double certification: Organic and Demeter. Like the "AB" label, Demeter, present in 53 countries, assures consumers that the product, whether it comes from France, Switzerland, Egypt or Peru, offers the same guarantees of control and certification. However, some winegrowers work in biodynamics without the label because they did not want to subscribe to the specifications, but do not hesitate to ask them the question!

The wines

These biodynamic wines are therefore above all the reflection and the result of a viticulture that respects the vines, the soil and the people. In both the vineyard and the cellar, this approach aims above all to produce healthy wines without chemical interventionism.

Is there a different taste? Not at all! And all types of Domains use it, not just small producers in remote areas, think again! For example, what is considered the best wine in Burgundy and one of the best wines in the "world", Romanée-Conti is biodynamic (but don't say it too much because it scares the most Cartesians).

Wines made with biodynamics are like when you go to the organic market gardener to buy your vegetables, you are sure you will not be poisoned and it is good too!

Marie lecrosnier-Wittkowsky for Les Grappes

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