Organic champagne has been a great success for a few years, even if for the moment only a small part of the champagne vineyard can boast of favouring this type of production. Although organic farming only represents 2% of the 34,200 hectares of the terroir, more and more winegrowers and champagne maisons are converting, aware that organic farming meets an increasingly pressing demand. Explanations.
An organically produced champagne must comply with a very specific European specification from 2012. This label indicates to the winegrowers the restrictions and alternatives available to them to obtain the famous label (AB Agriculture Biologique [Organic Farming]). Their objective is above all to preserve the biological balance of the earth and the plants as much as possible by exclusively using products of natural origin. Remember that champagne is produced mainly from 3 grape varieties: pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay.
Biodynamic viticulture is even more complex than organic viticulture. It involves taking into account all the biological aspects of wine growing, such as the magnetic influence of the moon or the power of the sun on the growth of the vines. Minerals and plants are also used to intervene on the vine in the most natural way possible. Some houses are even reinstating the use of draught horses to plough between the vines and avoid the soil compaction caused by tractors.
It should be noted that an organic champagne is about 20% more expensive than a traditional champagne. The difference in price is fully justified by the new constraints that the winegrower or the champagne maison must accommodate. But is organic champagne better? Is an organic extra brut fundamentally different from a traditional extra brut? It is difficult at the moment to distinguish between organic and traditional champagne.
In fact, there are excellent organic champagnes just as there are excellent traditional champagnes. As long as the wine is of high quality, made from the finest raw materials and turned into wine according to the rules of the art, it always comes out on top. What makes the difference is that the purchase of a bottle of organic champagne also echoes a personal commitment on the part of the consumer, even if it means paying a little more. An ethical choice and ecological convictions tip the scales.
The answer to this question is yes. Just because a champagne is organic doesn’t mean it can’t stand the test of time and become sublime. Champagne’s ability to age gracefully is the result of its wine-making method, the famous champagne method, which dates back several decades and remains unchanged today, organic or not.
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