Wineducation: Biodynamic & Organic wine


We have passed the Vernal Equinox (21st March). That was an important astronomical day. The Earth was at its nearest to the sun. In the Northern Hemisphere it’s an important day in the Biodynamic world of agriculture; followed 2 days later by the New Moon (also important for similarly inclined growers).

We also had 2 planets in conjunction, appearing to be very close together; Venus and Jupiter at the moment. That’s very pretty and in astronomical terms, quite impressive.

The undeclared king of both the organosphere and the marketplace is Frenchman Michel Chapoutier; No–one else quite encapsulates everything in one smart package. Not only does he make among the best, most exclusive wines in the Rhone Valley, he also has a significant number of Organic and Biodynamic brands, as well as catering to the humbler section of the market, again with world beating finesse.

What a guy! Yeah, I said something positive about French wine. But he is beyond French. He is a visionary.

Chapoutier at work

In many parts if the Northern Hemisphere this is the time of the year that the vineyards receive their blessings.

To celebrate that all-important sap rising, rebirth from winter, we are introducing our customers to the pleasures of Organic wines. I mean, if you really do see the ‘green in the red’ as it were; and understand that wine is largely a natural product, made less so by the ‘marketing necessities’ of commercial globalization, then it’s not a great leap to the grasp the paradigms of the organics and biodynamism world.

Chapoutier vineyard sunrise

Stay closer to the earth.

Grab an Organic.

Download our long list from the right hand side of this page and scour the Chile section and The Rhone Valley section to locate some beautiful wines that don’t cost the Earth.

Here are the ‘Green’ Chapoutier wines. You can find them all on our long list.

T113 M. Chapoutier Domaine des Granges de Mirabel (org.) Wh 220
T114 M. Chapoutier Chateau des Estubiers (Ventoux) (organic) R 230
T108 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage La petite Ruche R 230
T109 M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Deschants R 350
T110 M. Chapoutier Gigondas R 390
T111 M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-pape La Bernardine R 525
T121 M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Rouge (Biodynamic)  R 750
T112 M. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie Les Becasses R 800
T119 M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Blanc Wh 800
T120 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers Rouge R 888
T116 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monnier de la Sizeranne  (Biodynamic) R 1200
T122 M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac Rouge (Biodynam.) R 1850
T123 M. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordoree (Biodynamic) R 2400
T118 M. Chapoutier Ermitage De l’Orée Blanc Wh 2600
T124 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (Biodynamic) R 09 2600
T488 M.Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (Biodynamic) 07 2800
T125 M. Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite (Biodynamic) R 3500
T487 M.Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (Biodynamic) 05/06 3500
T126 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc (Biodynamic) Wh 4100

Other producers in Chile are following suit (producing organic wines) which is nice and some others are ‘fair trade wines’, too. Yet others still contribute funds towards the wilderness area of Patagonia.

Nice people making nice wines and not costing the earth.See our long list or just pop an email to us and we’ll point you in the right direction.


April 2012

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