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Biodynamy

If we express the biodynamic as a conception of the whole world, where each stone, each vine, each being has its own background, where we are all connected to a cosmos of inside and outside, where the only visible scum of things .... then yes, we are biodynamic! Long time ago, as far as my memories of being a student, I have confronted with my masters (often disappointing them) with my polite skepticism on the real academic, the real analytic, and the real psychological: these references seemed just like a tiny fragment of the whole visible world for me. Since then, I got an appetite not yet sated for all the invisible: I was probably born to meet with the texts of the great mystics, with the thoughts of Steiner, and I was supposed to be ready for the encounter with Francis Boucher, ready for the friendship and respect of P. Masson. Hence, my appetite for the world's beauty, for the poetries of the mornings will never be extinguished. Listening to the lecture from Voltaire or Garcia Lorca, the prelude from Bach and Requiem of Mozart's, finally with a glass of Schoenenbourg in hand.

 

No, our biodynamic is not especially "executive", we are neither in the frenetic rite of préparâts, nor the worshipers of Marie Thun , nor the specialists in the posture to have the Moon on our humble lives. Of course, these plans exist and we don’t challenge them at all. "500" and "501" steps can lead us to the  the heart of the vineyard by our approaches. There are too many days "without…", but profoundly, we don’t want to replace the algebraic certainties with the crazy scientific theorems formed in a religious sectarian of biodynamic: we buried doubts and questions into our work.

 

Doubt and desire are one way to embrace the whole world, to penetrate to the bottom of each decision, just to "desire" not to "understand" what to do. The doubt and desire become simple tools; the humble and magnificent dwell in the perfection of the use, and in the simple picking sleeves marked by human hands - worn by the service. For us it is not the question of what to do and why to do it every morning, but the question of "feeling" all the other beings beyond our sight. Agriculture is often a succession of recipes in mode, and dedicated for gurus and interests. We prefer the opinion of the sky, the mood of the land and the endless litany of plants torn between absolute determinism of genetics and the desire of free referee, the appetite of "Terroir". They are becoming the plants that has more humanity and keeps on seeking for the truth of the world on its deep roots, its incomprehensible logic, the Sacred one.

 

This is our biodynamic: we always prefer the question to the answer, the quest for the certainty, the sensation and the desire to the precepts of the gurus. We don’t worry about making decisions to cultivate which parcels or to taste which cuvee, this kind of recall won’t wake us up in the night…

 

Yes, our biodynamic is demanding, sometimes grueling, yes it is difficult to live in seeking the humanity inside each vine with one triumph among one thousand failures, an unbearable speech where the words themselves end up in telling contradictions. Finally, the victory seems almost a whole imposture!

 

Someone says that biodynamic by itself is not immune to this crisis and that essentially speaking, by the personal approach, it is impossible to be institutionalize. No doubt this is true ... and it is probably the underlying reason for our unremitting attempt as terroir wine grower, tenderly, romantically and almost desperately because man is chosen to play the most humble role, looking tenderly at a world where the plant is the center, and which is united in the name of earth and sky.