Maurice and Laurent Combier in Crozes-Hermitage farm organic apricots and peaches, famous all over France. 'Clos des Grives' is their best vineyard--situated next to Alain Graillot's holdings. The site is mostly red clay and chalk with alluvial soils. They ferment in cement eggs, and finish in 25% new oak and 75% second- and third-passage oak for 12 months, giving a rich, full-bodied accessible wine with hints of oak.
"A strong opponent of globalization in the wine industry, he refuses to see his wines be drowned in mass production. Each plot is unique and should receive treatment tailored to its needs. "La Marginale" is crafted only in good vintages and comes from the single-vineyard 'les Poyeux'. Its identity is well expressed, with aromas of red fruit and flowers together with young and round tannins." --KLWM
By farming biodynamically and using only a limited amount of natural fertilizers, Roches Neuves' Thierry Germaine is able to “manage” what are, in essence, “wild” vines which produce miniscule amounts of fruit. Vinification is handled in small batches then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Germain has garnered praise in the European press for his exciting wines, which are always filled with ripe, generous fruit and supple textures.
The late Anne-Claude Leflaive, owner and manager of the legendary Domaine Leflaive is a champion of Biodynamic agriculture in Burgundy . With her husband Christian Jacques she bought Domaine Clau du Nell when that property was foundering, and installed Biodynamic winemaker Sylvain Potin as manager.
One of the greatest names in all of Piemonte, Cantine Giacomo Conterno was formed in 1908. Conterno's uncompromising commitment to quality does not stop with Barolo, as their Barbera is one of the most age-worthy and brilliant examples of this grape to be found in Piemonte. Like all of Conterno's wines, this Barbera under went extended maceration in large casks, aging for 21 months in large Slovanian barrels. Dark ruby red in color. It offers a delightful nose of red berries, black cherries, roses, anise, leather and mineral notes.