Saturday, 7 April 2012
Denis Jamain: Reuilly's first organic wine + dynamising cow horn
Denis Jamain: Reuilly's leading exporter and the producer of the first organic wine in Reuilly
(above and below)
Denis Jamain (Domaine de Reuilly) is Reuilly's leading producer – certainly in terms of export and no-one is making better quality Reuilly. 60% of his wine is exported with the USA, Germany and Scandinavia as leading markets. The overall average export figure for Reuilly is 13%. Jamain has just released the 2011 Les Fossiles, Reuilly Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc). This is the first certified organic wine from Reuilly. It is more minerally and austere than Jamain's regular Reuilly Blanc cuvée but at the same time has some soft texture and good length.
2011 Les Fossiles, Reuilly Blanc
Reuilly's first organic wine
Jamain is now in the first year of converting to biodynamics and I was able to see them getting ready to treat the vines with powdered cow horn (query- cow dung?) dissolved in water and dynamised before spraying. Six hectares were due to be sprayed with 270 litres (45 litres per ha) of the dynamised mixture, which was dynamised for an hour. The spray is intended to stimulate the roots.
Readying the dynamiser
Adding the corn horn to the water
Death row vines in Saint-Georges sur Cher
Biodynamics continues to receive an often sceptical press. However, whatever one's view biodynamics, it surely cannot be as mad as this example of 'conventional' vineyard management with all life apart from the vines blitzed by weedkiller. This particular example comes from Saint-Georges-sur-Cher (AC Touraine) but unfortunately could come from a number of other appellations in the Loire.