In Bourgogne, Domaine Parent Pommard is going biodynamic

Jun 17, 13 In Bourgogne, Domaine Parent Pommard is going biodynamic

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I was in Bourgogne not long ago on a press trip with Discover the Origin, an EU initiative to introduce the well known but possibly misunderstood regions of Bourgogne, the Douro and Parma. During the trip, one of the producers we got to meet was Anne Parent, winemaker and part owner of Domaine Parent Pommard. The domaine is situated in the and around the village of Pommard and they make both red and white Bourgogne. We started our chat in the half empty cellars of the domaine. Anne apologised for the empty space saying that usually the cellar is full to the top but as the last few harvest have been bad in the region, stocks are low. She is concerned about the 2013 vintage and is hoping for a bumper crop because otherwise… The conversation then turned to biodynamic practices in Bourgogne. During the trip, I  had spoken to many producers and while many used biodynamic practices, Anne was the first one to tell me that she was actually in the process of going totally biodynamic. That is a brave thing to do in Bourgogne where the weather is not always warm and sunny and there are a myriad of issues that growers face every year. Anne told me that they are currently in the process of going biodynamic but it is a step by step process and they are not 100% there they are however, going to be certified organic this coming year. In 2010 they started their biodynamic policies but is has been a great challenge. However, she will not go back to chemicals or sustainable practices. She sees going biodynamic as an investment in the vineyard. To do that though,  they must have the right equipment and strategy. According to Anne, “…you have to think of the consequences of how you organize the vineyard, the work involved and the cost…” Working in a biodynamic vineyard is completely different in that you have to be precise and serious, she continued. You cannot make...

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2010 Domaine de la Pousse d’Or en primeur tasting

How often do you get to taste the entire range of a Burgundy producer in one go? Daniel Lambert Wines had a vertical tasting last night of the Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2010 en primeur  in Mayfair and I was able to taste through all those fabulous Volnays, Chambolles and Corton Grand Crus. La Pousse d’Or has quite a reputation, being a famous old domaine in Volnay, tracing it’s founding to around 1100 A.D., although it’s present day incarnation begins in 1964. The real renown of the vines began in 1997 when the it was bought by Patrick Landanger, an electromechanical engineer, who has revitalized and invested heavily into the vines. The domaine covers Chambolle-Musigny, Clos de la Roche, Corton, Puligny-Montrachet, Pommard, Santenay and Volnay and is made up of premier cru and grand cru vineyards. I stuck in and thought this is what pinot noir is all about. It helped that these were all from vineyards with excellent terroir but red Burgundy has a silky, earthy vibrancy that is impossible to get anywhere else. I tasted through 16 wines and while they shared certain characteristics, it was the differences that highlighted and gave them a sense of place. My highlights with brief notes: Chambolle Musigny1er cru “Les Groseilles” 2010 – fine, elegant tannins, wood spice notes with fresh strawberry and bracing acidity, a delicate, silky wine Chambolle – Musigny 1er cru “Les Charmes” 2010 – there’s a reason it’s called “les charmes”, it is a charming wine, brisk and full of strawberry and rasperry , fine grained tannins, smooooth…… Chambolle – Musigny 1er cru “Les Feusselotees” 2010 – showed sweet fruit on the nose with softer tannins, much more upfront on the red fruit flavours, fuller and rounder then the “Les Charmes”. Volnay 1er cru”Clos d’audignac” Monopole 2010 – ripe strawberry and raspberry with echos of tea and earthy notes on the finish, very fresh, with crisp tannins. Volnay 1er cru “Clos de la Bousse d’Or Monopole – red fruit spiciness, structured...

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Meet the Parent’s Burgundy – 2007 Pommard Les Epenots

    There is an association of female wine producers in Burgundy. Why female only? What sort of feminist conspiracy is going on on the golden hills of the the Cote d’Or or the chalky soils of Chablis? It’s not really a plot to overthrow the male winemakers of Burgundy. Just a reflection of the fact that men don’t like to talk about their problems, vinous or otherwise. That was the reason given to me for the formation of the Association of Burgundy Female Winemakers, that and the fact that the female winemakers wanted to improve the image of Burgundy by focusing on wines, educating the young and preserving the culture of wine appreciation in France and beyond. There are currently 35 members, all friends who enjoy getting together for a good chin wag a couple of times a year to discuss their viticultural problems.   I sat down with Anne Parent of Domaine Parent in the Cote d’Or (and also the Vice President of BIVB) to have a chat about the association and also try her wines. The Parent’s produce both white and red Burgundy from Corton and Pommard respectively. Anne and her sister Catherine took over in 1998 when their brother decided to branch out of the family vineyard and start up his own. Anne, though says that she’s wanted to be a winemaker ever since she was a little girl. As a child, she  used to follow her father around the vineyard soaking up all she could about wine making and the vineyards. We had our own little chin wag about her 2007 Premier Cru Les Epenots. Here are Anne’s thoughts on her Pommard….   Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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