Who was that guy?
Posted 01 October 2003 - 07:15 PM
How did you come to meet him and what did you take away from the experience? What have you learned and assimilated from, for lack of a better word, the more 'mainstream bio'/commercially viable winemakers in France?
Posted 02 October 2003 - 07:46 AM
The guy's name is Claude Courtois and he makes wines somewhere in E. Jesus, Loire - I don't even believe that his area is within a named appellation, and I'm certain that he does not export to the U.S. His wine labels are thoroughly risqué; he is personally a character out of Rabelais. But he has really inspired me to take a much closer look at biodynamie and we have begun the practice in our own vineyard. Biodynamie is a transformative process that changes the grape grower as much as it changes the vineyard. If you do it properly you become a much more observant and attentive grower. Your vines are growing in much greater harmony with their environment and as such (as it is believed) will be able to better articulate their terroir. A more mechanistic explanation is that a soil that is alive with healthy micro-flora, esp. those that live in symbiotic association on the roots of vines, will help the plant to better transport minerals. I hope that this is useful. Cheers, R.