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 "Le Vin De Paille 2009 White"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 96/100
"There are two wines readers should keep an eye out for, even though they are very limited in availability just under 300 cases of each. Both are potentially immortal offerings. The 2009 Ermitage Vin de Paille and 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille are both made from the l’Ermite lieu-dit. Both possess deep gold colors as well as off-the-chart levels of residual sugar, acidity and concentration. These massive, unctuously textured, phenomenally great sweet dessert wines have incredible precision as well as intensity. Available only in half bottles, these connoisseur’s collectibles are meant to be drunk over the next 50-100 years."
Vinous - 93/100
"Dark gold. Complex, deeply scented bouquet of marzipan, apricot nectar and caramel, with a spicy topnote. Powerful, palate-coating pit and citrus fruit flavors show a smoky quality and pick up notes of licorice and gingerbread with air. Very rich but energetic as well, with excellent finishing punch and cling."
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.