best organic/bio/natural wines from france
I will be in Paris for a day this January and want to stock up on a few bottles.
I am partiuclarly interested in natural/unfiltered red wines, and RM Champagnes.
As far as what styles of red, im not that picky, I like a wide range, not real keen on strong oak flavours. I like versatile wines that go with a wide range of foods.
If you are looking for biodynamically farmed wines, take a look at what Lalou Bize-Leroy is doing in Burgundy. She makes some fantastic wines. Of course, her legacy is DRC, so she has a track record.
pierre morey, chapoutier, trapet, tollot-beaut, dme. leflaive, dme. leroy for still; fleury and sousa for champagne. also from alsace dme. zind-humbrecht and marcel deiss, but those are whites, as is nicholas joly from the loire (the father of bio-dynamic, btw.)
you will find more whites than reds being farmed biodynamically.
laws in the eu for organic and bio-dynamic are much different than here, and many producers simply opt out of the labelling hassles. less than 3% of burgundy growers are registered as bio-dynamic, although many domaines are following what is called "sustainable farming".
I don't want to be picky but the father of bio-dynamy is Rudolf Steiner who died in 1925. Nicolas Joly, a great winemaker, is an early convert, 1984. I would also mention Didier Dagueneau in Pouilly-Fumé, 1992.
In red, i can think of Domaine de Trévallon. Here is a link where you can find most of biodymany producers:
Buyer beware! Most, if not all, producers listed in the above posts are already available in the US. And you'll be surprised to find in many cases prices in US are lower than in Paris. Not to mention the hassle of schlepping all that glass.
I usu. find retail prices for french wine in California considerably lower than in France.
It could be also due to our sales tax being much lower than their VAT.
But on the other hand, a Baccarat stem purchased in Baccarat's flagship store Place de la Madeleine costs about half the price you pay at Neiman Marcus.
Prices at Galeries Lafayette or Lavinia in Paris are pretty high. I've found that buying from the estate is almost always the best deal possible (I live in NYC at the moment). You can also find some good deals in small wine shops outside Paris.