Wines said to come from « organically grown grapes» can use the French « AB » (organic farming) logo. This means that we comply with “Organic Farming” specifications and that we do not use any chemical fertilizers, or chemical weed killers, or pesticides, or chemical fungicides. The French « AB » logo comes from the French Agricultural Ministry.
ECOCERT is an organic inspection and a certification organism founded in 1991 by agronomists for sustainable development, which aims to offer recognition to those who engage in this type of production. The ECOCERT’s principal activity consists in an inspection, in the field, of the respects of a standard’s demands (regulation, standard or specification). Then, ECOCERT issues a document which certifies the compliance of the products, systems or services with the standard. ECOCERT principally certifies food and food products but also certifies cosmetics, detergents, perfumes and textiles.
SYNDICAT INTERNATIONAL VIGNERONS EN CULTURE BIO-DYNAMIQUE. In 1998, the members judged it essential to determine, in practical terms, the fundamental principles that any wine producing property must respect in order to be able to describe itself as a biodynamic operation. A specific set of specifications for the growing of vines and vinification was therefore established, excluding the use of all oenological products that aim to modify the grapes’ initial balance and neutralize the effect of vintages, with a view to preserving all of the potential of the “terroir” in the wine and retaining the energy capital acquired by the biodynamic farming of the vines. In order for inspections to be as objective as possible, the Union decided to entrust them to an independent body, ECOCERT SAS France, which checks that each member property respects the viticulture and vinification requirements. After four years of conversion to biodynamic agriculture, the SIVCBD issues official BIODYVIN approval to members that have been inspected during this period. All SIVCBD domains’ member are therefore AB certified by an inspection body and BIODYVIN by the SIVCBD following the Ecocert SAS France control.
BIODYNAMICS WORKS FOR: feed the earth and men, respect the living, the rhythms and the terroir, strengthen soil life and plant health, create balanced farm property. Demeter is a reference to the Greek Goddess of grain and fertility. The Demeter certification program was established in 1928, and as such was the first ecological label for organically produced foods. Demeter products have a double certification: they are controlled and certified organic according to the European specifications and according to the Demeter specifications. Demeter biodynamic certification is used in over 50 countries, it guarantees the respect of the biodynamic principles on farm property and during the transformation of the products.
The ladybug (or ladybird), organic viticulture’s precious little helper, is the symbol used on all our wines produced from organically grown grapes. The green logo of a little ladybug on a leaf identifies all our "biodynamic" wines.
Ratings "Barbe Rac 2006 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 94/100
"The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac reveals a rich, sumptuous perfume of root vegetables, blackberries, cassis, melted licorice, incense, and spice. Chapoutier’s single vineyard Chateauneuf du Papes represent two different areas of the appellation, with the Barbe Rac coming from the western corridor, not far from the Plateau of Mont-Redon. Chapoutier has adjusted the manner in which he ages these cuvees, as they are now completely aged in tank. It is incredibly full-bodied for a 2006, with superb concentration as well as excellent length and purity. Drink this beauty over the next 15+ years. Both the Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois are 100% Grenache."
Vinous - 89+/100
"Bright red. Brooding, slow-to-open bouquet of cherry, dark berries and tobacco. Meaty and powerful, with chewy dark fruit flavors and dusty tannins. Far more difficult to read today than the Croix de Bois. This needs time to stretch out but there's clearly serious material here."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
ample, fleshy, hot and round. Outstanding density with an impressive length. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: All meats : marinated or in sauces. cheeses.
The grapes are carefully selected during the harvest. This sorting is compulsory and allows the selection of the best bunches of grapes.
Quaternary terrace with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône. The parcel producing this single vineyard has a complex and various geological composition. Vines are 90 years old.
Grenache, being sensitive to oxidation, vinifications are made in concrete tanks. Fermenting lasts about 3 weeks (which allows a polymerization of tannins)with a temperature which varies between 30 and 33°C. Only the free-run wine is used in this single vineyard.