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.
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 "Les Varonniers 2009 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - (92+) /100
"The inky/purple-colored, elegant,full-bodied 2009 Crozes-Hermitage LesVaronnieres 1,064 cases exhibitsattractive notes of licorice, black olives,creme de cassis, forest floor and roastedherbs as well as zesty acidity for thevintage. It should drink beautifully for 15+years."
Vinous - 93/100
"Inky ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur and potpourri, with a smoky overtone. Juicy, palate-staining black raspberry and blueberry flavors expand with air and pick up notes of allspice and candied licorice. Clings impressively on the finish, which leaves notes of violet pastille and cracked pepper behind."
Jancis Robinson - 16,5/20
""Very deep crimson. Tightly laced nose with great freshness. Just a mite skinny and inky. Will need quite a while to soften and beguile, I think."
La Revue du Vin de France - 16,5/20
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.