We exclusively import to the UK a select number of wines from small, low-intervention vineyards that we believe are doing amazing things in the world of biodynamic and natural winemaking.
Le Clos Les Mets d’Âmes
This is Céline Oulié sitting in a barrel. Céline is probably the happiest winemaker you could ever hope to meet. We call Céline a winemaker but she would probably describe herself more as a conductor of a large orchestra, where every plant is an instrument and every section of the vineyard has its role to play.
The wines Céline makes at her biodynamic vineyard Clos Les Mets d’Âmes in Gascony, France - the only biodynamic vineyard in the Madiran - are unlike anything we've ever tried. We wish everyone could meet Céline and hang out with her grapes, but until then we have the next best thing: her earthy, elegant, huggable wines.
Fourth generation winemaker Matteo Furlani tends to his family's small parcels of vines, high above the city of Trento. Like his father and grandfather, he sees no need to use synthetic chemicals on the land, incorporating biodynamic preparations and natural practices instead to create his incredible range of wines, which include a series of natural sparkling 'Pet-Nats' in milky shades of magenta, pink and white.
'If unicorns made wine, it would probably look and taste like this,' we thought when we came across Furlani wines while in Italy looking for a natural sparkler to add to our collection. We have never devoured a bottle of wine quicker than we did that night. And we thank the moon and stars that we are able to bring these bottles of joy to the UK for the first time.
Located near the village of Lourmarin, in the heart of the Luberon mountains, Château Fontvert finds itself in a place loved by some of history's greatest literary minds, including Henri Bosco and Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus. Like them, we were drawn to this area, where, purely by chance we stumbled on Fontvert - a 16th century estate taken over by the Monod family in the 1950s, with 20ha of vineyards that have been certified organic since 2008 and biodynamic since 2009.
'The vines are protected by the valley,' says manager Michaël Renaud, 'which shepherds the bad weather away.' All the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented exclusively with natural yeast. Winemakers Yoann Malandain and Fabrice Monod are part of a collective of biodynamic winemakers in the region, who support and champion each other's wines.