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A List of French Biodynamic Wineries (Draft)

 

 

Welcome to the World of French Biodynamic Wineries.

French Biodynamic Wineries in Alsace

 

The Alsace region is in the Northeastern corner of France on the German border. The region actually changed hands three times between the two countries over the past 150 years.

Known mainly for making white wines, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and a little Pinot Noir. The region produces a range of styles of wine, from Bone Dry to marvelous dessert wines.

The dessert wines are known as Vendange Tardive which are equal to the Auslese designation in Germany. The other Selection de Grains Nobles is equal to the Beerenauslese designation from Germany. They also make a Sparkling wine called Cremant.

The region has three quality levels. The Basic Appellation, Single Vineyards (Known as lieu dit) and Grand Cru (Fifty-One Vineyards designated).

 

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht (Biodyvin)

Domaine Eugene Meyer (Demeter)

Jean Baptiste Adam (Demeter)

Domaine Loberger (Demeter)

Domaine Leon Boesch (Demeter)

Vignoble des 2 Lunes (Demeter)

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Domaine Jean-Paul Schmitt

Domaine Camille Braun

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Domaine Saint Remy-Ehrhart (Demeter)

Kleinknecht (Demeter)

Maison Kuentz-Bas (Demeter)

Domaine Barnes-Buecher (Biodyvin)

Domaine Eric Rominger

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Domaine Etienne Simonis (Demeter)

Domaine Jean Louis et Fabienne Mann (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Sylvie Spielmann

Klur Clement Vignoble (Demeter)

Domaine Albert Man (Biodyvin)

Domaine Bott-Geyl (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Dirler-Cade (Biodyvin)

Domaine Francois Bauer (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Josmeyer (Biodyvin)

Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Valentine Zusslin (Biodyvin)

 

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Bordeaux

 

The Bordeaux wine region is in the South-East corner of France near the Atlantic Ocean.

Noted for producing not only some of the worlds best wines (Classified Bordeaux), but some Great Everyday values.

The Red wines are made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Then the region is divided in two by the Gironde River which draws the cool ocean breezes inland.

On the Right Bank, based around the Medoc are Cabernet based wines.

On the Left Bank, based around Saint Emilion they are Merlot based.

The White wines including dessert wines of Sauterne and Barsac.  They are made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.

They also produce a Rose, made in the traditional method and a Sparkling wine called Cremant.

 

Blaye AOP

Chateau Rolland la Garde

Bordeaux AOP

Simonneau et Fils (Demeter)

Domaine De Valmengaux

Bordeaux Superieur

Chateau Couronneau (Demeter)

Chateau Ferran (Demeter)

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Chateau L’Escart (Demeter)

Canon Fronsac

Chateau Canon Saint Michel (Biodyvin)

Cotes de Blaye

Chateau Pey-Bonhomme-Les-Tours

Cotes de Bordeaux

Clos Puy Arnaud (Biodyvin)

Cotes du Bourg

Chatea Falfas (Biodyvin)

Chateau Forgas (Biodyvin)

Fronsac

Chateau La Rose Garnier (Biodyvin)

Marguax AOC

Clos du Jaugueyron

Montagne Saint Emilion

Vignoble Despagne-Rapin (Demeter)

Pauillac

Chateau Pontet Canet (Biodyvin)

Pomerol

Chateau Gombarde-Grillot (Biodyvin)

Saint Emilion

Chateau d’Arcole (Demeter)

Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Chateau Fonrogue (Biodyvin)

Chateau Moulin du Cadet (Biodyvin)

Sauterne

Chateau Climens (Biodyvin)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Beaujolais

The Beaujolais region is in eastern France and is part of the broader Burgundy region.

Unlike Burgundy, the main grape of Beaujolais is Gamay.Banned in Burgundy.

In July 1395, the Duke of Burgundy (Philippe the Bold) banish the grape from Burgundy.

For being inferior to the Elegant Pinot Noir.

Thus, its move south along the Saone River.

The region is broken down into three quality levels.

Beaujolais AOC the basis for the wildly popular Beaujolais Noveau.

Also serves as the house wine in many of Paris’s Café’s!!!

Next, Beaujolais Village which can only be grown in Thirty Nine villages.

Lastly, the Cru Beaujolais which a the wine from these 10 Villages.

Saint-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgan, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly.

 

Fleurie AOP

Chateau des Bachelards

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Burgundy

 

The Burgundy wine region is in Eastern France.

The region is known for producing the World Finest Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s.

The region has four quality levels. The Basic is simply Bourgogne Blanc (white) or Rouge (Red).  Approxiametly 50% of the Production.

The Village Level, Meursault AOC (42 Villages). Approxiametly 36% of the Production.

Premier Cru, this designation approxiametly 12% of the Production.

Grand Cru, the Best Vineyard sites. This designation represents only 2% of Burgundy’s vineyards.

 

 

 

Bugey AOP

Maison Duport

Chambertin AOP

Trapet Peres & Fils (Biodyvin)

Corton AOP

Domaine d’Ardhuy

Macon AOP

Domaine Tripoz (Demeter)

Domaine Guillot-Broux

Meursault

Domaine Pierre Morey (Biodyvin)

Morey Saint Denis

Domaine Arlard (Biodyvin)

Pernand-Vergelesses AOP

Domaine Chandon de Briailles

 Pouilly-Fuisse AOP

Chateau de Lavernette (Demeter)

Dominique Cornin

Pouilly-Vinzelles AOP

Bret Brothers (Demeter)

Puligny-Montrachet AOP

Domaine Leflaive (Biodyvin)

Saint Bris AOP

Jean-Hugues et Guilhem Goisot (Demeter)

Vire-Clesse AOP

Domaine des Gandines

Volney AOP

Rossingnol Fevrier (Demeter)

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle

Vosne-Romanee

Domaine Du Comte Liger-Belair (Biodyvin)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Chablis

 

The Chablis wine region is in Eastern France and within the Burgundy region.

Chablis wine is made Exclusively from Chardonnay.

The wines are organized under four quality levels.

Petite Chablis AOC: 4,500 acres

Chablis AOC: 7,100 acres

All of Chablis’ Premier Cru vineyards and Grand Cru vineyards are planted primarily on

Kimmeridgean soils. These are composed of Limestone, Clay and Fossilized Oyster Shells.

These same soils extend towards the Champagne region and across the English Channel to the White Cliffs of Dover.

Premier Cru Chablis: 1850 acres divided into 42 vineyard sites.

Grand Cru Chablis: Only 100 acres divided into seven vineyards.

 

Domaine Dominique Gruhier (Demeter)

French Biodynamic Wineries

Jean Marc Brocard (Demeter)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Champagne

 It is a wine region located in Northeastern France.They produce both still and Sparkling wine. Only three grapes can be used to make Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This is where methode champenoise got its name. This is where the wine undergoes the second fermentation takes place in the bottle.

Decoding the Champagne Label

Dryness to Sweetness Scale

Champagne is divided into six levels based on the residual sugar level.

Extra Brut (Six grams or less of Residual Sugar per Liter)

Brut (Less than twelve grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)

Extra Dry (Between twelve and seventeen grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)

Sec (Between seventeen and thirty-two grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)

Demi Sec (Between thirty-two and fifty grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)

Doux (Fifty grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)

Types of Champagne

Non-Vintage

Most of the Champagne produced is Non-Vintage. This is considered the House style.

The House style is one of the most complex wines made.

It is not only a blend of up to three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.

Vintage

Vintage Dated Champagne is extremely limited. It is only produced in the finest Vintages. It is a blend of up to the three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.

Prestige Cuvee of Tete du Cuvee

This is the Best of the Best and the Most Expensive bottling of Champagne and extremely limited.It is Vintage Dated. Only produced in the finest Vintages.

A blend of up to the three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.

It is not only a blend of the Best wines and vineyard sites, but receives additional winemaking attention. A lower yield of wine per ton of grapes. Additional barrel fermentation and/or barrel aging.Longer aging in the bottle before release.

Champagne by the Varietals
Blanc de Blancs

Means “white of whites” and made exclusively from Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs

Means “White from Black(s) or a white wine made from Black Grapes. It is made from using both or either Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.

Rose

Rose Champagne is made exclusively from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. The wine is made in one of two ways. The Saignee method which means you let the dark skins macerate with the juice to extract more color. Or add a small amount of still wine (Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier) to the sparkling wine base.

 

Francoise & Fils

Vincent Couche (Demeter)

Leclerc Briant (Demeter)

Barbichon Prelat

Fleury

Oliver Horiot

Benoit Lahaye (Biodyvin)

Franck Pascal (Biodyvin)

Francoise Bedel (Biodyvin)

Hugues Godme (Biodyvin)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in the

Languedoc-Roussillon

 

The Languedoc-Roussillon is a vast wine growing region covering nearly 700,000 acres spread across 65 Appellations. Locate in Southern France along the Mediterranean Sea. It also produces approxiametly 35% of all the wine produced in France.

The regions produce a range Red, Rose, White, dessert and Sparkling wines.

The main Red wine grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre.

The main White wine grapes are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. One Local grape worth mentioning is Picpoul de Pinet.

Banyuls

Domaine du Traginer (Demeter)

Corbieres

Chateau la Baronne(Demeter)

Domaine Ledogar

Les Domaines Auriol

Les Clos Perdus (Demeter)

Cave Languedoc-Roussillon

IGP

Domaine de l’Horizon (Biodyvin)

Cotes du Roussillon AOP

Vignoble Reveille

Cotes du Roussillon Villages AOP

Roc des Anges

Domaine Cazes (Biodyvin)

Maison Jean Pla

Fitou AOP

Mas Des Caprices

Languedoc AOP

Domaine Pierre Clavel

Domaine Alain Chabanon (Demeter)

Hecht & Bannier

Domaine Petit Roubie

Domaine Stella Nova

Mas d’Espanet (Demeter)

Domaine de Costes-Cirgues

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Domaine Malavieille (Demeter)

Domaine Costaplane (Demeter)

 

Languedoc Gres de Montpellier AOP

Domaine de la Marfee (Biodyvin)

Languedoc Montpeyroux AOP

Domaine Aupilhac (Demeter)

Languedoc Terroir Saint Georges d’Orques AOP

Domaine de la Prose

Limoux AOP

 

Maury AOP

Les Terres de Fagayra

Minervois AOP

Le Clos des Jarres

Domaine Hegarty Chamans (Demeter)

Vignoble du Loup Blanc (Biodyvin)

Minervois-La Liviniere AOP

Domaine des Comte Mediterranees Maris (Demeter)

Borie de Maurel

IGP

Domaine Gayda

Domaine Paul Mas

Pic Saint Loup AOP

Domaine Zelige-Caravent (Demeter)

Chateau La Roque Les Deux Tours

Saint Chinian AOP

 

Terrasses du Larzac AOP

Mas Conscience

Domaine du Joncas (Demeter)

Domaine Coston (Demeter)

Mas de l’Ecriture

Domaine de La Reserve d’O (Demeter)

Clos Ventas

Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in the

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley stretches 400 miles from central France to the Atlantic coast.

Within the region there are 70 unique appellations, producing a range of dry white, red, rose, dessert and sparkling wines.

The Loire Valley is the second largest producer of Sparkling wine after Champagne.

The leading White wine grapes are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne (also known as Muscadet)

The leading Red wine grapes are Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.

 

Upper Loire (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume)

 

Middle Loire (Vouvray and Chinon)

 

Lower Loire (Muscadet)

 

 Domaine Le Fay d’Homme (EcoCert)

Anjou AOP

Domaine Les Grandes Vignes

Chateau de Bois-Brincon

Chateau de Passavant (Demeter)

Cheverny AOP

Domaine de Montcy (Demeter)

Chinon AOP

Domaine Fabrice Gasnier

Domaine Pascal Lambert (Biodyvin)

 Coteaux du Layon AOP

Domaine de Juchepie

Cote Roannaise AOP

Domaine des Pothiers (Biodyvin)

Menetou-Salon AOP

Domaine Philippe Gilbert (Biodyvin)

Muscadet Sevre et Maine AOP

Domaine de l’ecu (Demeter)

Bonnet-Huteau

Domaine Landron (Biodyvin)

Pouilly-Fume AOP

Jonathan Didier Pabiot

Quarts de Chaume AOP

Chateau de Plaisance

Reuilly AOP

Domaine de Reuilly (Demeter)

Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil AOP

Clos des Quarterons (Demeter)

Sancerre AOP

Domaine Vincent Gaudry (Demeter)

Domaine de la Moussiere (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Fouassier (Biodyvin)

Domaine Les Penitents (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Vacheron (Biodyvin)

Saumur AOP

Chateau de Fosse-Seche (Demeter)

Saumur-Champigny AOP

Domaine Des Roches Neuves (Biodyvin)

Savennieres AOP

Domaine du Closel

Coulee de Serrant (Demeter)

Touraine AOP

Chateau Gaillard

Clos de la Briderie

Domaine Francois Chidaine (Biodyvin)

Vouvray AOP

Huet (Demeter)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Provence

The Provence wine region is in Southern France. The region extends from Avignon in the West to Nice in the East along the Mediterranean Sea.

The regions 67,000 acres are spread across eight different Appellations.

The leading appellations are the Cotes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Followed by Bandol, Bellet, Cassis, Coteaux de Pierrevert, Coteaux Varois en Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence and Palette.

Provence is noted for its wonderful Roses. They can be enjoyed on there own or with most foods.

Roses account for 50% of the wines made, for Red accounts 33% and White wines account for 17%.

The leading Red wine grape varieties, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Recently Cabernet Sauvignon has been plants throughout the region. It can only account for 10% of the Blend according to AOC Roses in general follow the same blends.

The White wines can be made from the following grapes, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Viognier. Sometimes some minor grapes and grown and added to the blend.

The region benefits from a moderate Mediterranean climate.

In the coastal areas you will find Schist and Quartz in the soils. Inland you will find Clay and Sandstone in the soils.

 

 

 

 

Bandol AOP

Domaine Bunan

Bellet AOP

Clos St-Vincent (Biodyvin)

Cotes de Provence AOP

Domaine Les Fouques

Domaine des Aspras

Chateau de Roquefort

Domaine La Tour Des Vidaux (Biodyvin)

Chevron Villette

Chateau La Mascaronne

Chateau Gasqui (Demeter)

Les Baux de Provence AOP

Chateau Romanin

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in the

Rhone Valley

 

There are twenty-one different grapes varieties allowed in the Rhone Valley.

Most Wines of the Rhone Valley are a blend.

For the Reds, it must be a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. And a maximum of 20% of the other Approved grape varieties.

For the Rosé, they follow the same proportions used to make Red Wine. Up to 20% of the wine could be the Allowed White Grape varieties

For White Wine, a blend of the following grapes, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier.

 

The Rhone Valley can be broken down into three basic areas.

 

Cotes du Rhone

The Rhone Valley Cru’s

These are appellations have differentiated themselves above the other areas.

 

These Cru’s are further divided into either the Northern region (Syrah-Based) or Southern region. (Grenache-based)

The Lesser-known wine regions of the Rhone Valley

Ardeche IGP

Chateau de la Selve (Biodyvin)

Des Accoles

Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOP

Domaine de Beaurenard (Demeter)

Domaine Duseigneur (Biodyvin)

Xavier Vins

Domaine Usseglio (Demeter)

Chateau Simian (Demeter)

Domaine de la Graveirette

Vignoble David

Clairette de Die AOP

Domaine Achard-Vincent (Demeter)

Cave de Die Jaillance (Demeter)

Cave Monge Granon

Costieres de Nimes AOP

Terre des Chardon (Demeter)

Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss (Biodyvin)

Cotes du Rhone AOP

Chateau Rochecolombe

Mas de Libian

Vignoble de Bastet (Demeter)

Domaine des Cedres

Notre Dame de Cousignac

Cotes du Rhone Villages AOP

Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin (Demeter)

Domaine les Aphillanthes (Biodyvin)

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Domaine Roche-Audran

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Domaine des Amadieu

Domaine la Botte

Crozes-Hermitage  AOP

Domaine Les Bruyeres (Biodyvin)

Gigondas AOP

Domaine Montirius (Biodyvin)

Clos du Joncuas

Grignan-les-Adhemar AOC

Mas Theo

Lirac AOP

Domaine Du Jocier

Domaine des Maravilhas (Biodyvin)

Luberon AOP

Chateau Fontvert (Demeter)

Rasteau AOP

Domaine du Trapadis

Domaine Coteaux des Travers (Demeter)

Saint Joseph AOP

Domaine des Amphores

Domaine Monier Perreol (Biodyvin)

Tavel AOP

Chateau de Manissy (Demeter)

Vacqueyras AOP

Domaine le Sang des Cailoux

Domaine La Ligiere

Vinsobre AOC

Domaine Chaume-Arnaud (Demeter)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in Savoie

The region is located in Eastern France near the Swiss border.

 

Domaine Cellier des Cray

La Gerbelle Quenard Claude et Fils

Domaine Genoux (Biodyvin)

 

French Biodynamic Wineries in the Southwest

 

This Wine Making area is in Southern France, to the East of Bordeaux and to the West of the Languedoc. The region is also known as Sud-Ouest and the region is divided into five sub-regions.

Bergerac

 

Bergerac

 

Garonne

 

Cahors

 

Bearns

 

Located within this sub-region are Bearn AOC and Jurancon AOC.

 

Basque

Irouleguy AOC is the only AOC in this sub-region.

 

Gascony

Bergerac AOP

Chateau le Payral

Chatea Jonc Blanc

Des Miaudoux

Chateau Feely (Demeter)

Cahors AOP

Mas del Perie (Biodyvin)

 Fronton AOP

La Colombiere

Cotes de Duras AOP

Les Hautes de Riquets

 

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