Eric Thill, our winemaker from Côtes du Jura, is a humble and quiet father of two who believes in bringing smiles to peoples' faces when they drink his wines. To him, "organic certification is important as it tells you how it is made."
Vins du Eric and Bérengère Thill are made in the south of the Jura, some 45 kilometres south of Arbois. Here they grow the traditional Jura grape varieties including 3.25 hectares of chardonnay, 1 hectare of Savagnin, .35 hectares of Pinot Noir and .7 hectares of Poulsard. They were certified organic by Ecocert in 2015.
Eric was originally from Alsace and prefers to work with single grape varieties. Living in the village of Trenal, close to the commune of Gevingey, they are able to plant vines close to the local forests which allows for increased diversity. Committed to minimal-intervention, Eric and Bérengère represent the philosophy behind Brown Bag Wines: independent winemakers working towards a sustainable vision of wines. And they’re delicious, too!
WHAT IS NATURAL WINE?
More a movement than a set of certified winemaking procedures, there are no rigid definitions of natural wine. Natural wines from different producers can be incredibly diverse, ranging in styles and profiles due to the varying production methods. The lack of legislation often frees winemakers to make expressive and interesting wines.
Natural wines are made with as minimal intervention as possible, be it the techniques, additives or everything in between. The goal is to get a wine made with minimal processing, natural yeast and no additional sulfites so that it serves as the best possible expression of the vineyard.
Now, there’s plenty of wriggle room here. Natural winemakers disagree on various practices, including adding some sulphites and filtering the finished wine. They agree on the basics, though: if treated sustainably, the vineyard can produce delicious wines using techniques that have existed for thousands of years. Natural methods can produce truly fantastic, complex wines, and the growing popularity of the movement means there is more choice than ever for the natural wine enthusiast.
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