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February 24, 2018 Beverage No Comments Email Email

Did you know that from a selection of over 600+ wine references, more than 20% (130+) of Winebeast wines are eco-friendly including a large range of affordable casual wines. It was their original intension to curate these wines and support eco-friendly practices by winemakers who care deeply about the environment and produce healthy wines devoid of chemicals and additives.

Having tasted most of these eco-friendly references at the store, Sommelier at Le Bistro Winebeast, Elvis Lo confidently praises the following eco-friendly wines that aren’t just good for the planet and health, but that will also please your palate:

1. Côteaux du Languedoc, Mylène Bru, 1 2 3 Soleil 2015 $275

The entire vineyard operates under organic viticulture with everything worked by hand and horse. The wine is never filtered or fine and only minimal amounts of sulfur (or sometimes none) is added in order to express the grapes in the most natural way possible.
2. Anjou, Clau de Nell, Cuvée Violette 2014 $380

Domaine Clau de Nell is located in the Loire Valley wine region of Anjou and was run by Anne-Claude Leflaive, the third generation of Domaine Leflaive and one of the biodynamic viticulture pioneers. Anne-Claude was an influential advocate of an environment-friendly form of farming.
3. Margaux, Haut-Breton Larigaudière 2010 $480

Situated on the best terroirs of Margaux appellation, every vineyard operation (planting, pruning, suckering, leaf thinning, bunch thinning, etc.) is quality-oriented, with a sustainable viticulture approach for every aspect of the wine production: farming, winemaking and bottling.
4. NV Champagne, Fleury, Notes Blanches $680

The Fleury family became the first wine grower in the Côte des Bar to produce their own Champagne in 1928 and also was seen as a pioneer of biodynamic growing practices in the Champagne region.  Jean-Pierre Fleury, the third generation of Fleury, started to experiment with sustainable farming in 1970s. By 1989, he gradually converted the entire 15-hectare vineyards to biodynamic viticulture, thus being the first biodynamic Champagne producer.
5. Savennières Roche aux Moines, Nicolas Joly, Clos de la Bergerie 2015 $790

Nicolas Joly returned to his family estate and after reading a book on biodynamics, he became fascinated by the concept, and embarked on an experimental reconversion of a small area of vineyards. Rapidly convinced by the results, he started to implement biodynamic practices across the estate and has been Demeter and Ecocert certified since 1984. It is now widely considered a pioneer and leader of the biodynamic wine movement.
6. Vosne-Romanée1er Cru Rouges du Dessus, Alain Burguet $1200

After obtaining the organic certification in 2012 and applied biodynamic agriculture in all holdings in 2013, the Burguets use indigenous yeasts only, reduce sulfur levels even further than before and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration due to express the true Burgundian wine style.

Winebeast carries 3 main types of eco-friendly viticulture: Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic.

1.    Sustainable: Mitigation and reduction of wastefulness in winemaking
Sustainable viticulture is a practice that has no formal regulation, but states a grower’s interest in the long-term viability of their vineyard as well as having a minimal effect on the environment. Here, winemakers choose for themselves which techniques to implement and avoid. There are certifications for sustainable, and certifying organisations vary by country and region.

2.    Organic: Purity of product using non-synthesised ingredients
Since the 2012 vintage, the EU has implemented defining regulations for organic wine (prior to 2012, wines were labelled only with “wine made from organic grapes”). The new EU organic certification means wines are made with organically grown grapes, all additives (fining agents, yeast, etc.) are organic, and no GMO’s (or other prohibited ingredients) are allowed. Sulfur additions are limited to 100 ppm in red wines and 150 ppm in white/rosé wines (with a 30mg/L differential where the residual sugar content is more than 2 g/L).

3.    Biodynamic: Holistic agricultural health
The practices that are involved in biodynamic agriculture have been used for centuries. The basis is vineyards or farms should exist holistically and in tune with nature. Compost is made on the farm, soils are fertilised with animal waste, and a selection of seven treatments, using all natural products, are mandated for use. All farming activities are done in line with the cycles of the moon and the twelve houses of the Zodiac. The goal is to create a natural harmony where the vineyard takes care of itself. To date, there are two programmes that certify biodynamic wine internationally: Demeter and Biodyvin.

While there, just a few steps up, wind down at the traditional French bistro, Le Bistro Winebeast, for a delicious French meal designed by Chef Johan whilst Sommelier Elvis is on hand to recommend the perfect pairing wine for each course. Diners have the added benefit of sampling wines on sale in the Winebeast wine store for the same price at Le Bistro Winebeast.

Winebeast specialises in French Terroir, Spanish regional and Eco-friendly wines (listed on www.wine-beast.com) and their extensive wine collection is also available for delivery on the Deliveroo app.

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