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.
The European regulation on organic farming covers not only the production and processing but also the control and packaging of organic food. A product may claim the word ‘organic’ when the rules specific to organic production defined in one of the regulations recognized by the European Community are complied with, and the operator has obtained a valid certificate for that product. To this end, each operator undertakes to be controlled at each stage of the production chain by an independent third party accredited according to the ISO 65 standard, such as ECOCERT. Our Spanish wines are certified by the regional organization CAECyL, Public Control Authority for Organic Production of Castilla y León, itself mandated by the Spanish National Accreditation Body.
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 "Quatuor 2016 Red"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - (92-94) /100
"The 2016 Cote Rotie Quatuor is a full-bodied, richly textured effort that's a blend of four different estate parcels. It's dark-fruited, with elements reminiscent of black walnuts, black olives, asphalt and roasted meat, all of which linger through the finish. 2021-2040"
Jancis Robinson - 17+/20
"Blend of four terroirs: Neve, Tupin, Côte Blonde and Côte Brune. 50% in demi-muids and 50% in barrels for 14-16 months. Biodynamic. First vintage was 2015.
Aromatic nose with dense black fruit and a touch of violet scent. Very high tannic grip on the finish. Less severe than some of their other 2016s, but still very drying and restrained. Wait and watch. "
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 complex, predominately floral, nose opens with aromas of red fruit, spice and tapenade.
fresh on entry, dynamic and silky tannins, leading to sweet spices and cedar notes on the finish.
Sommelier's advice: Recommended food pairing: stuffed quails with cep mushrooms, roasted small game. Serving temperature: 19°C. Ageing potential: 20-30 years.
Harvested by hand.
This wine is made from a blend of our four plots: • The Côte Brune with its soil of fractured mica-schist, which gives the wine structure and power, • The Côte Blonde, located on a vein of gneiss, which provides elegance and a floral character, • Neve, located to the north of the appellation, with a soil composed of stony mica-schist, endowing the wine with tension and minerality, • Tupins, to the extreme south of the appellation, in an area of migmatite and sandy loam, adding notes of spice and dark fruit.
The vinification takes place in unclad, rough concrete tanks. The harvested grapes are completely de-stemmed. Native yeasts are used for the fermentation during which the temperature is allowed to gradually rise to 30-32°C. The vatting period lasts from 4 to 5 weeks with regular pumping over operations carried out at the start of the maceration, some cap punching, and then a passive infusion with a stirring of the lees in the last 3 weeks. By tasting the wine in the tank each day, we are able to tailor our different operations to the wine and determine the best running-off date.
The wine goes into barrel “hot” after run-off and 24 to 48 hours sedimentation to eliminate any remaining solid matter and the coarsest lees. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. 50% in 228-litre barrels (pièces bourguignonnes), 50% in 600-litre barrels (demi-muids), of which 20 to 25% are new. The wine is racked at the end of winter. Ageing can last 12 to 18 months depending on the vintage and our tastings of the wine.