‘Biodynamic is the future for Champagne,’ says Louis Roederer cellar master

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Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has said he expects more Champagne growers and winemakers to shift to organic and biodynamic methods, because of the benefits in the vineyard and in the glass.

Grapes from biodynamic vineyards help Champagne to express a sense of place, Lecaillon told a masterclass audience at the recent Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London. Certified organic vineyards only represent around 1% of Champagne-producing vines, according to the local organic growers' union, while facts on biodynamic farming in the province are hard to obtain. Part of the wits for that relatively small figure may be that the regional trade body, Comite Champagne, has promoted its own environmental certification system. Louis Roederer, producer of Cristal and where Lecaillon has been chef de cave since 1989, is believed to be the province's largest biodynamic vineyard owner. Biodynamic farming now covers 65 of its 240 hectares, or just over a quarter of its http://1000-facts-about-wine.com vineyard. 'The future will be organic and biodynamic,' said Lecaillon. 'The vines are stronger and [in the wine] it gives more fruit, more freshness, more depth.'You lose 20 to 30% of yields in the first and second year [after conversion], but after four to five years yields come back up - probably not to the previous rate, but enough.'While some observers focus on some of the more spiritual aspects of biodynamic farming, Lecaillon said that he takes a practical approach.'It's just a way to make better wine,' he said. He added that it encourages attention to detail and critical thought. 'Normally, when you see a problem, you question how you can fix it. But, in biodynamics you question why it has happened. It's the 'why' of biodynamics that is fascinating.'Related Make pleased:Roederer launches first new Champagne 'since 1974'DFWE 2014 video: Louis Roederer masterclass with Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon Louis Roederer now Champagne's largest biodynamic producer

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