Day Tripping the Champagne Fantastic

Jérome Bourgeois & Papa

Jérome Bourgeois & Papa

While in Europe I also got a chance to take a day and visit our biodynamic Champagne producer, Jérome Bourgeois of Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz.  That’s the nice thing about France, the train system is so civilized that barely an hour after leaving Paris I was standing in the winery, meeting his Papa (see above) and tasting Jérome’s first Rosé de Saignée (see below).  Which of course did not suck.

Rosé de Saignée

Rosé de Saignée

Dark and lovely, but don’t get too excited, it won’t be for sale for a few years.  Oh well, I’ll have to suffer with his regular Rosé, an assemblage of Pinot Noir (still and sparkling), Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.  And it totally rocks, but then again I might be a tad biased.

Pinot Meunier

Pinot Meunier

We went for a little drive in the countryside to see Jérome’s vineyards.  It’s been a mild winter (unlike what the US has suffered through), so there was no snow and still some green between the rows.  Jérome’s lands are planted primarily to Pinot Meunier, which is both the tradition and the law in this part of Champagne, the Vallée de la Marne.  But what shocked me was the difference between his soils and his neighbor’s, a producer who uses chemical treatments.  Unlike Jérome, who is fully biodynamic so uses only natural and authorized organic treatments.  The difference was shocking:

Living vs Dead Soil

Living (left) vs Dead Soil (right)

OK, the picture quality stinks but blame the camera in my phone.  Anyway, on the left, Jérome’s plantings, full of resplendent green life.  On the right, a few weeds eek out a meager living from treated, poisoned soil.  If ever there was a justification for organic/biodynamic farming, here it is.

Tasting Time!

Tasting Time!

We then went back to the chai and tasted through a variety of cuvées, all of which were delicious.  I am very proud to be importing these wines, I feel they offer a fantastic quality-to-price ratio, especially coming from a small biodynamic producer.  I was sad to have to leave them, but what a great way to spend a day!

Cheers!

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