The Buyer has teamed up with Business France to help promote the work being done across France to introduce organic and biodynamic practices in different regions of the country. Earlier in the week we published a debate held during a trade tasting of French organic producers and today we profile each of the winemakers that took part in the event who are all looking for distribution of their wines in the UK.
You can read the report from The Buyer and Business France’s special trade debate on French organic wines and the role organics plays in sustainability here.
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French Organic Producer Profiles
Located in the south of Alsace this family estate benefits from a unique environment that helps it produce quality wines from some of the region’s greatest terroirs. It grows grapes on 13 hectares of vines on the hillside of the Bollenberg (limestone and clay soils) and the Grand Cru Pfingstberg ( sandstone and limestone). Its philosophy is to make wines which express the terroir using fully certified organic and biodynamic agriculture practices.
It produces a range of wines including Crémants (AOC Crémant Blanc de Blancs and AOC Crémant Blanc de Noirs and AOC Crémant Rosé), Rieslilng (Riesling Grand Cru Pfingstberg), Pinot Blanc (Pinot Gris Bollenberg) and Gewurztraminer (Gewurztraminer Bollenberg).
Château Constantin is a 20 hectare family estate that produces organic wines in the south of the Luberon. Anne Marie, Daniel and Camille Bagnis, originally from Marseille, fell in love with this unique place in 2016 and each year set out to produce fresh, gourmet wines, working with tradition and terroir. Their USP is the aeging of the wines in terracotta amphorae, a 100% Chardonnay and a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It also produces a non filtered natural red wine.
Located at the northern edge of the Rhone valley and benefiting from a refreshing maritime microclimate, Château de Nages produces organically farmed wines and is in the heart of a Natura 2000 zone (an ecological network of protected areas of the European Union). It has a typical Rhone terroir of rolled pebbles over iron-rich clay. The combination of a northern exposure, Mistral winds, and its closeness to the Mediterranean sea all contribute to the fresh, bright wines it produces, packed with acidity that come from being the grapes as late as possible. For five generations, this vineyard has been at the heart of the family. It is run with love, a respect for future generations and gratitude for past generations.
Domaine Valjulius is located in the heart of the Languedoc, between the sea and the mountains. A 40 hectare family estate, which has been fully organic since 2010. The quality of the terroir and the meticulous work throughout the year by Julien and Bernard Sarda means the grapes reach perfect maturity giving the wines an elegant character and aromatic finesse.
The estate Mas du Pont is the centre of activity for the “Vellas Vineyards” located in the south of France near Montpellier. Nicolas Vellas owns nine wine estates: 200ha of vineyards in organic viniculture divided into terroirs: Faugères, Languedoc, St Dresery, Muscat de Lunel, Pic St Loup, St Chinian, Berlou, Muscat de Lunel, Pays d’Oc, in organic and conventional farming. These owner-growers offer a quality driven and extensive wine list. They have wines from all over the south of France and place a key focus on marketing what are high quality wines. email@example.com
Château Meyre is situated in the heart of the Medoc and the terroirs of Moulis and Margaux, the estate has been listed since 1876 among the first Crus of Avensan. It has been classified Cru Bourgeois since 1932 and has been committed to sustainable agriculture since 2008, and obtained organic certification in 2011. In 2020, the new classification system allowed the wines of Château Meyre to enter the closed circle of the Cru Bourgeois Superior and was seen as a reward for all the work over the years to follow the values that make quality wine. The property is also a 3-star hotel.
Château Suau is a remarkable vineyard dating back to the 16th century. It is the former hunting lodge of the Duke of Epernon. Elegant, with its two round towers covered in vines, Château Suau is surrounded by a park of 100-year-old oak and cedar trees. The 82 ha estate includes 66 ha of uniquely planted vine plots. It benefits from technical installations entirely renovated by the present owner. Château Suau is focused on producing healthy, high quality, world renowned award winning wines in one of the largest organically certified vineyards in Bordeaux.
Couleurs D’Aquitaine, based in Bergerac, South West France, is one the biggest French wine cooperative group and leaders in wines from the Dordogne and Périgord Region, including 400 winegrowers who together manage 4,000ha of vineyards under integrated farming (organic, No sulphites added, Terra Vitis, HVE3, vegan). Its portfolio consists of brands and estates wines, sold as blended or single varietals wines in AOC Bergerac, AOC Pécharmant, AOC Cotes de Bergerac (medium sweet) AOC Monbazillac and Saussignac (sweet botrytis), IGP Perigord, AOC Bordeaux.
One of today’s leading companies in the Bordeaux wine sector, Lucien Lurton & Fils was set up by Lucien Lurton and his children in 1993. The business took the name La Passion des Terroirs in 1999 to mirror its strong attachment to terroir and the passion of whole family for vines and wine throughout its history and to become a fully fledged Bordeaux wine merchant. In charge of part of the distribution of the first and second wines of the Lurton family’s Growths ( Château de Camarsac, Château Bouscaut, Château Duplessis, Château de Villegeorge, Château La Tour de Bessan, Château Desmirail, Château Dufort-Vivens, Château Climens et Château Doisy-Dubroca), La Passion des Terroirs has gradually evolved into a complete Bordeaux négociant.
The Sarl Distillerie de chez Sabourin
The Sarl Distillerie de chez Sabourin was created in 1993 by three brothers, Bruno, François and Patrick Chainier who wanted to carry on what their father Guy Chainier had started. In 2013, Pierre Chanier, son of one of the founders, took over with his father. In a process of diversification, the company has then constantly evolved over the years in order to satisfy customer demand. Today, from the vine to the ageing of the product, the Sabourin Distillerycan offer estate management from A to Z or à la carte: wine work, distillation, brokerage, storage and administrative support.
- To find our more and to source any of the wines from our featured producers go to Business France’s E-Vitrine marketplace here.
- You can read the report from The Buyer and Business France’s special trade debate on French organic wines and the role organics plays in sustainability here.