Demeter biodynamic wine from Gérard Bertrand's estates

Biodynamic cultivation certified by Demeter for a wine closer to nature

If organic farming and its "AB" label are known to everyone today, biodynamic wine and its "Demeter" label are much less known. And yet, biodynamics is a method of cultivation that pushes the concept of "all natural" even further than organic.

 

This mode of cultivation seeks symbiosis with nature. Man aims to strengthen organic life and exchanges between the soil and the cultivated plant, with the primary consequence of no longer needing to use chemical products to protect (pesticides) or feed (fertilizers) it.

 

With biodynamics, the winegrower takes care of the vine, fortifies it, and harvests the fruits, without exhausting it.

 

For Gérard Bertrand, a fervent defender of the environment, biodynamics is a true philosophy of life. It was in 2002, at the Domaine de Cigalus, that he converted his first vineyard to Biodynamics. Convinced of the benefits of this method of cultivation close to nature, he now applies the principles of biodynamics to all the vines of his estates in Languedoc-Roussillon, which today represent 950 hectares spread over the entire Occitan region.

What is a biodynamic wine?

A biodynamic wine is a wine made according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture.

 

Biodynamics, or biodynamic agriculture, is a method of cultivation aimed at regenerating and strengthening the soil and plants, using natural preparations such as horn dung or organic compost. Biodynamics also takes into account the influence of the planets, especially the lunar calendar.

 

Founded in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner, biodynamics has as its main mission to rebalance the cultivated plant.

 

In a biodynamic cultivation method, all chemical and synthetic products are strictly forbidden. Only organic fertilizers are used.

 

Moreover, unlike traditional and organic wines, a biodynamic wine receives very little oenological input during the winemaking phase.

 

Discover the whole range and collection of biodynamic wines of Gerard Bertrand.

Biodynamic wines, ambassadors of terroir wines

Gérard Bertrand, as an unconditional lover of the terroirs of the South of France, and in particular those of Languedoc-Roussillon, creates in each of his estates, high quality biodynamic wines with a strong identity. This is particularly the case at the Domaine de l'Hospitalet, producing Château l'Hospitalet La Clape Grand Vin Red, elected best red wine in the world by IWC in 2019.  

 

Indeed, because of the way it is cultivated in the direction of the plant, and not in the direction of productivity, biodynamics allows the grape to draw its resources directly from the terroir and the different layers of the soil.

 

The grapes are no longer infused with chemical fertilizers that allow them to grow artificially. Thanks to the rich organic life of the soil, the vine feeds on the living humus of its terroir.

 

With its benefits, the grape develops optimally, it concentrates sugar, trace elements and vitamins. The wine made from these grapes then expresses perfectly where it comes from, its terroir, its history.

 

The cultivation of the vine in biodynamic agriculture thus makes it possible to produce powerful and deep wines that are fruitier and more balanced than traditional wines.

 

A vine cultivated in Biodynamics allows the wine to express the full potential of its terroir, its qualities and its own characteristics.

The Demeter label

Today, while many winegrowers pride themselves on the biodynamic cultivation of their vines, only by obtaining the Demeter label can they certify compliance with a strict and totally transparent set of specifications.

 

Present in 53 countries, the Demeter label takes up the specifications of the Organic label by adding stricter measures, particularly at the level of inputs, in order to respect the principles of biodynamics.

 

Of course, in biodynamics, chemical pesticides and fertilizers are strictly forbidden.

 

With an even more ecological vision, Demeter biodynamic wines respect de facto the specifications of organic agriculture. They therefore also have the organic "AB" label.

 

However, if today the organic label makes it possible to assure the consumer to be in the presence of a wine that has not used chemical products (fertilizers, pesticides), many so-called "industrial" practices are still authorized during the conception of an organic wine and do not allow the wine to express its full potential.

 

Biodynamic agriculture, through the Demeter label, thus represents a higher level of requirement in terms of respect for a more natural and more artisanal manufacturing process.

 

This is particularly the case for Clos d'Ora (organic red wine and demeter), and Clos du Temple(organic rosé wine and demeter), two biodynamically cultivated estates producing an exceptional wine and using animal traction (a mule) to work the soil.

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The qualities of a biodynamic wine

qualities of a biodynamic wine

Produced from vines cultivated using natural methods, without synthetic products, biodynamic wines offer a rich and delicate range of flavours.

 

When a traditional wine has only two or three predominant aromas, a biodynamic wine is much more complex and expresses a multitude of flavours and aromas.

 

The wine is delicate on the nose, silky on the palate, with the emphasis on fruit.

 

More mineral and more balanced, biodynamic wine represents the culmination of the work of the vine cultivated with love and patience.

 

With a Demeter biodynamic wine, digestibility is also significantly improved, thanks in particular to its very low sulphite content. The sulphite content of a biodynamic wine is at least 30% lower than that of an organic wine.

 

People with digestive difficulties will thus find wine more easily assimilated by the body.

Find out more about the different types of wine:

 

Organic wine

Organic rosé wine

Orange wine

 

And to go further:

 

Gerard Bertrand, story of a family passion for the vine

The Castles and Estates of Gérard Bertrand

The webshop Gérard Bertrand wines