Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine



Château Falfas

Château Falfas has an historic reputation. The present buildings were constructed in 1612; and well before that time, the wines were exported to the English Court of the Edwards.The 22 hectares (55 acres) of vineyards extend over the hillsides sloping to the south around the Chateau, less than half a mile from the Gironde in this beautiful rolling region, Côtes de Bourg. The domain is entirely planted to the noble growths of Bordeaux: Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec. The soil of Falfas rests on limestone deposits. In the topsoil of this “terroir”, predominantly clay and lime-stone, the vines take hold sinking their roots deeply and profoundly to the mother rock. Thus, in the temperate climate of the Gironde estuary the vines and their lush fruit reach peak maturity under virtually ideal conditions. Limited yields and rigorous selection are standard elements at Falfas. A manual harvest followed by long and careful vinification and aging in barrels of French oak, insure wines of the highest quality with excellent maturation and conservation in bottle over many years.Our philosophy is simple: we believe that the finest wines are “grown” not made! The vintner’s art lies essentially in allowing the richness of his vineyard to express itself naturally through its fruits. The grape is the key and it must be the pure reflection of its unique terroir. Thus our endeavor begins with our respect for this terroir – BioDynamic cultivation, no extraneous yeasts or other matter, no synthetic chemical products – which permits us to extract the essence of the fruit in order to make a wine of great character, rich and generous, a true pleasure to be shared.


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Château le Puy

Château le Puy lies on the same rock plateau as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, known in ancient times as “the Plateau of Wonders” because of the excellence of its wines. Château le Puy is on the Bordeaux Côtes de Francs area. We know that the AMOREAU family has been living and working on the Château le Puy estate since 1610.Culture is done according to ecosystem, organic and biodynamic methods.The harvest is done manually. No yeasting nor chaptalization is used. “Barthélemy”, “Marie-Cécile” and “Marie-Elisa” wines are raised by stirring without the addition of sulfites.After the fermentation the wine is racked off and poured into large casks and oak barrels. Two years later, bottling is done without filtering and with great care halfway into a waning moon.The longevity of many Château le Puy wines – some may last more than 60 years – is a result of their natural stability and their ideal storage conditions. The main characteristics are bright red glow with slight orangey glints (even in young wines), an intense bouquet characterized by the elegance and delicacy of its aromas and the incomparable softness of the tannins.


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Château Lagarette

The Château LAGARETTE, faithful of its 1850 renown: “Natural, rare and precious”.Since 1998, the Château LAGARETTE estate has been the property of the MINVIELLE family—winegrowers and coopers settled in the Camblanes village for several generations. Yvon, sociologist, publisher and University Professor (Paris and West Indies) is interested in the skills of wine-growing, the wine-growing industry and its related biodiversity dimensions. Olympe, a communication consultant, is dedicated to the wine fabrication process with all the necessary patience and attention required to prepare a great wine. Both of their two children, Alexandra and Karl, are passionate, very close to the wine-making process and would not miss any tasting.The 4 hectares vineyard dates back to the Roman time. It surrounds the castle, a former hunting lodge of the Duke of Epernon (15th century) listed on the historical register. Widely exposed to the various winds (the secret of Lagarette wines), the vineyard is composed 70% of very old vines (merlot, cabernet, malbec), the remaining of recent plants (cabernet-franc). The soil consists of quaternary gravels, limestone, clay, quartz and sand.To resort to wine-growing and wine-making traditional practices was not a matter of discussion for Olympe and Yvon. One would say now that their philosophy – in protecting the land by respecting the natural balances between its mineral, vegetal and animal components – is inspired of sustainable development concerns. According to them, the use of pesticides is a consequence of a lack of education or a deliberate spoiling of ecosystems motivated by immediate gains.Wine is always the result of a unique conjunction between man and nature. Wine is a condensation of wine-growers’ and wine-makers’ knowledge accumulated through the ages. The respect of places and times, the observance of biological rhythm, observation, patience and attention are the milestones of their practices.


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Château la Grolet

In a very charming landscape, a great representation of the “Petite Suisse Girondine” is taking place: it’s the Manor of La Grolet, architecturally attractive and surrounded by sunny slopes with famous clayed and gravely soil.The 28 hectares of the domain are situated in a succession of sunny exposed hillsides and terraces, which produce high quality grapes with full maturity.To conserve their connection to the vineyard, Catherine and Jean-Luc Hubert aim to increase the biodiversity of the domain by enhancing the fertility of the soil and preserving healthy plants with natural nutrients.The Huberts oversee hand-picking with small grape boxes in order not to stress their 40-year-old vineyards (an average since some are 80-years-old!) and also to obtaina silky wine—the perfect expression of the unique “terroir” intensified by the biodynamic process.With very soft and gentle winemaking and fermentation with wild yeasts, the result is a very elegant and subtle wine with a lot of richness, earthy spiciness and a very impressive length. La Grolet is perhaps the most “terroir-characteristic wine” of the Côtes de Bourg, and its complexity of aromas, flavour and texture represent its specific place of origin.


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