Why should we drink organic wine? That's a good question.
This week lot of media talks about that, all start with a TV reportage from a Swiss TV channel and then different newspaper start to talk about chemical in the wine.
For me organic and even natural wines are important and they’re sometimes better than a wine made with chemical from the same appellation. But don’t go to the extreme, I try wine label as “natural” who doesn’t taste like wine. I’ve seen many wines without sulfite going back in fermentation. Sometimes when you want to make to natural it doesn’t look natural. It’s good for our future, for our health to make and drink wine made with less chemical but I think the first goal a winemaker have to think about It’s to give pleasure to the consumer. And when I drink a fizzy wine that is not supposed to be fizzy or a wine with a “brett” smell and taste, I don’t have any pleasure.
The wine I present today are made in organic way and sometimes Biodynamic but they don’t go to the extreme, that’s why I like them.
Monthelie 2006, Pierre Morey
He’s working in Biodynamic culture since 1998? And you can feel in the wine it gives something better. Burgundy vineyard is so diverse that it needs that kind of attention to be really reflected in the wine. In this one, the nose is pure fragrance of pinot noir, black cherry, leather and a bit of spice. The palate is smooth, very delicate and elegant. Tannins are present but not too much, just here to give a kick. The ending is fresh and got good lasting.
Rasteau Tradition 2006, Domaine du Trapadis
Nothing is writing on the label, no AB logo, no Biodynamic logo but Helen Durand the producer is working on both type of culture. He still working the soil with is soil and spend lot of time in the vineyard. The wine is simply beautiful, with a big proportion of Grenache it develop aromas of red fruit jam (raspberry, bilberry). The taste is delicate you find the same aromas as the nose; tannins are elegant and round but persistent. A very pleasant and “gourmand” wine.
Château La Grolet Tradition 2008, Côtes de Bourg
It’s very difficult to find a good Bordeaux Bio, this one it’s maybe not the best Bordeaux you can find but its Bio and Biodynamic and it’s good. With 80 % of Merlot the wine is quite flattering, a good expression of fruit on the nose (blackcurrant, ripe plum) and licorice. The palate is deep, intense spice and plum are mix and because is quite young tannins are a bit strong but give it 4 years and it’s gone a be a bomb with hint of cacao and leather.