Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine



Domaine de Villaine is located in Bouzeron, nestled in the Côte Chalonnaise region, between Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay to the North and Mercurey to the South.The white wines from the aligoté grape have made Bouzeron’s reputation. A strong village tradition has maintained this grape here in spite of the temptation to replace it by the more fashionable chardonnay or pinot noir. The “Bouzeron” is today the only wine of France made from the aligoté grape which has been granted a full-fledged “appellation-village”.Besides the warm micro-climate, two main factors explain the quality of the wines produced in Bouzeron:- Steep slopes with nutrient-poor, limestone-rich soils which favor a good maturity of the grapes and yields that are naturally low- The conservation, through selection in the vineyards, of old types such as the golden “Aligoté doré” grape which makes wines that are more aromatic and harmoniousWe have used the organic methods of cultivation in our vineyards since 1986. Through respect of the soil and of its environment, they have allowed us to fine-tune these local factors and consequently better express the unique character of the terroir of Bouzeron.


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In the vineyards: protect the soil and the terroir typicity.Since 1985 both in his older vineyards as well as in his younger vineyards, Emmanuel Giboulot has worked on an organic basis. The vineyards are ploughed and he makes use of biodynamic preparations. He uses organic composts to stimulate the natural microbiological life of the soil. The results are excellent grape maturity with sugar levels at their optimum and a natural sugar to acidity balance. Harvest is entirely manual.Vinification: A search for quality, integrity and respect for the natural typicity of the grapes.Emmanuel only uses natural indigenous yeasts. The use of SO2 is careful and adapted to each particular wine. The white wines: alcoholic fermentation and maturing, over a period of 12 to 15 months, happens in small burgundian oak barrels.For the reds: the grape bunches are generally de-stemmed, sometimes only partially depending on the vintage. During the fermentation process the temperature is controlled. A limited proportion of new oak is used so as to not mask the primary characteristics of the fruit and to respect each terroir during maturation.


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Our family domaine was founded in the early XIX th century in the village of Volnay. Today, the domaine is comprised of ten hectares divided into regional, village and premier cru appellations. We produce red wines such as Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Volnay, Volnay premier cru and Beaunne premier cru. The white wines are Bourgogne Aligoté and Meursault.We cultivate our vineyards with the utmost respect for the terroir: that is one of the pillars of our job as a vigneron. In the thirties, Henri Lafarge applied this philosophy and convinced of his wines’ quality, bottled and sold the 1934 vintage. For over 30 years, we have been bottling and selling our entire production in bottle. During the 1960’s and the 1970’s, Michel, inspired by the same philosophy, resisted overfertilization and the use of pesticides. This approach enhanced the health of the vines, the expression of the terroir and the quality of the wines. Today, Frederic, with the same passion and commitment to family tradition, treats the vineyards with the same respect. All vines in need of replacement are grafts from the existing old vines of the domaine. In 1997, taking this a step further, he began using biodynamic methods in a small parcel.Due to successful results, the entire domaine has been biodynamic from 2000. Biodynamics is the natural progression of the domaine’s philosophy. We are convinced that it is the right way to create and improve harmony between soil, vineyard and human beings.


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Pierre Morey founded his domaine in 1971, following his parents and forefathers, wine makers in Meursault for two centuries (and in Chassagne-Montrachet before that).The domaine has a surface area of ten hectares in the communes of Meursault, Monthelie, Pommard and Puligny-Montrachet, and produces the following appellations:Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne “Chardonnay”, Meursault, Meursault “Les Tessons”, Meursault Perrieres premier cru, Batard-Montrachet grand cru, Bourgogne “Pinot Noir”, Monthelie, Meursault “Les Durots”, Pommard Grands Epenots premier cru.All the vineyards have been cultivated bio-dynamically since 1997, after five years of organic production (Ecocert certificate and Biodynamic).The wines of the domaine Pierre Morey are distributed exclusively by the Morey-Blanc company, a small, family-run marketing company.


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Wine is one of the most civilized things in existence. In my capacity as a wine grower, the path of gentleness and respect enables me to make my way towards the highest degree of expression of my soils. This gentleness, chosen with due consideration, often follows the paths of tradition.It travels across the vineyard. From the first buds to harvesting, the grape is accompanied but never forced. It passes through the fermentation room where the bunches of grapes are meticulously sorted and delicately pressed. It follows its course through the cellar where the wine gently oozes out in all solemnity. It finally slips into its bottleto set free in their entirety, some years later, its flavours and delicate, elegant and harmonious fragrances.In short, the prospects that gentleness offers to the wine grower who knows how to follow them through are rich. Rich, too, are the heady perspectives for the amateur who knows how to taste them.


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