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.
Ratings "Le Vin De Paille 2003 White"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 99/100
"The 2003 Hermitage Vin de Paille was spectacular. Made from straw dried Marsanne and agedall in new oak, it offers incredible notes of caramelized tropical fruits, quince, brioche, cigar andhoneycomb to go with a unctuous, thick and chewy profile on the palate that somehow staysfresh and lively. Almost requiring a fork as opposed to a glass, it will most likely beindestructible in the cellar and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming century."
Vinous - 93/100
"Deep gold. Intense, complex aromas of dried apricot and honey. Thick, silky and superconcentrated, with distinctly wild flavors of apricot, truffle and damp earth. Conveys a tactile impression of extract. The '02 version is much fresher but not as honeyed, notes Mazoyer. Finishes silky and impressively long. This is 14% alcohol with 160 grams per liter of residual sugar."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
the wine has an outstanding balance, concentrated and a great length. This wine can be kept more than 50 years.
Sommelier's advice: The Vin de Paille is more a desert in itself than a wine used with deserts. However, it can be matched with fruits pies : apricots, citrus fruits...
The crop is harvested by successive sortings and then dried on a straw bed for almost two months before pressing.
The winemaking process of the Vin de Paille finds its roots in the vineyard of the Hermitage. In order to revive this tradition, Michel CHAPOUTIER has decided, since 1990, to devote a part of his white Hermitage crop to raisining on straw bed.
The obtained must has a minimum concentration of 360 g of sugar per liter. After fermentation, the actual alcohol content is close to 15% vol for a residual sugar amount of 105 g per liter.
Fermentation and ageing are entirely performed in oak casks. Bottling is carried out 24 months later.