Chardonnay

Pearl-Morissette

Francois Morissette has shown to be a very gifted vigneron. Classically trained he has been working  in the Grand Cru terroirs of Frédéric Mugnier of Chambolle Musigny, Christian Gouges of Domaine Henri Gouges, Jean-Marc of Domaine Roulot and later studied oenology at L’Université de Dijon.

Now Francois is producing wine in the Niagara wine-region of Canada, under the Domain Pearl-Morissette.  

Though classically trained Francis’ approach to winemaking is anything but classic.

Gala

If you drive up into the clouds in Penedès you will find the vines of Josep Mitjan and Eric Stride. At 700m above sea level, the vineyards stand nearly as tall as its Swedish owner Eric Stride who left the Nordics in search of the sun. He now lives in Barcelona and the 50ha of vineyard found 2 hours South West of the city in Vilafranca del Penedès is overseen by vigneron Josep Mitjan and his family who also own neighboruing Loxarel. The name Gala was inspired by Salvador Dalis wife who carried the same name. Plantings are predominantly Xarelo, with strictly no dosage.

Cefalicchio

Found outisde the Puglian town of Canosa di Puglia, the most impressive Masseria stands, surrounded by 75ha of land, the majority of which contain olives trees and vines and currently owned by brothers Nicolai and Fabrizio. Their grandfather had started up a cooperative which he sold the majority of his grapes to along with making a small amount of his own wine. When Nicola and Fabrizio took over the estate, they quit the cooperative and turned their focus on making all the wine themselves.

Domaine de l’Écu

Guy Bossard (AKA The Pope of Muscadet) was one of the earlier adopters of biodynamic agriculture in the Loire. As none of his kids wanted to take over his 23ha when Guy retired, he took the help of Fred Niger Van Herck who has since added several new cuvées to the domaine’s portfolio, including cuvées made from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Folle Blanche and Chardonnay in addition to the existing Muscadet offerings. The domaine also now produces a ‘method traditionelle’ (La Divina) and a Cabernet Franc aged on amphora (Ange).

Jean de Maubastit

Jean Maubastit runs an unusual operation in St Emilion. He travels France extensively, looking for the perfect parcels of grapes to bring back home to Bordeaux and vinifiy. At minimum the grapes must be organic or biodynamic in order for him to make the wine he wants.

Gala/Loxarel

If you drive up into the clouds in Penedès you will find the vines of Josep Mitjan and Eric Stride. At 700m above sea level, the vineyards stand nearly as tall as its Swedish owner Eric Stride who left the Nordics in search of the sun. He now lives in Barcelona and the 50ha of vineyard found 2 hours South West of the city in Vilafranca del Penedès is overseen by vigneron Josep Mitjan and his family who also own neighboruing Loxarel. The name Gala was inspired by Salvador Dalis wife who carried the same name. Plantings are predominantly Xarelo, with strictly no dosage.

Domaine St Nicolas

Once a region covered in vines, Domaine St Nicolas is now one of the few remaining winemakers in the lesser known Region of Brem, situated south of the city of Nantes and nestled under the Fief Vendéens appellation. Vigneron Thierry Michon starting working biodynamically in 1993 and hasn’t looked back. He describes his approach to biodynamics as going far beyond the absence of chemicals in the vineyard, but more creating a deeper connection with the soil leading to an amplified expression of terroir.

Sylvain BOCK

Monsieur Sylvain Bock and his quest to make wine that is a triumphant display of grapes and their surroundings is inspiring. He wasn't born into winemaking, or at least he thought he wasn't, both of his parents were teachers. He later found out that his grandfather was a well known vigneron from Alsace which sealed his fate. Sylvain worked for other people's wineries for 10 years before establishing his own domaine BOCK in 2010 with just over 4ha in Alba la Romaine and Valvigniéres in the South of Ardèche.

André et Mireille Tissot

Andre and Mireille Tissot are the infectious couple who's quest for aromatic diversity has led them to make 28 cuvées (so far) across their 34ha every year. There are no blends apart from their cremants which are Chardonnay and Savignin. Andre and Mireille believe that every parcel deserves its own chance to express itself independently, which is why they produce 4 different expressions of Vin Jaune alone. Due to this and their unvwavering devotion to biodynamic practices (cerified by Demeter in 2004), they have 15 full time employees to tend the vineyards. Not a small operation!

Larmandier-Bernier

Pierre and Sophie Lamarndier are without a doubt, true kings of Chardonnay in Champagne. For them, choosing to farm their vines biodynamically wasn't a reaction to a trend, rather an absolutely necessary step to communicating the extraordinary terroir of their parcels into the glass. Their 15ha vineyard falls in the 1er Cru area of Vertus and the Grand Cru appelations of Cramant, Chouilly and Avize. Naturally, the harvest is done by hand and no yeast is added, another rare practice in Champagne. The grapes are pressed extremely gently and each Cru is vinified individually.