Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Joseph Drouhin Goes Organic

Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to his Burgundy vineyards, the producer has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage. 

The Drouhin vineyards have actually been organic for years, but official regulations require a three-year “conversion” period during which the rules of organic production are applied and verified in the vineyards. The certification process began in August 2006. Philippe Drouhin, one of the four siblings running the winery, and the one in charge of the company‘s 73-hectare estate, including 38 hectares of Chablis, began introducing organic practices back in 1990, shortly after joining the family firm. So consumers won't notice a sudden change in the taste of the wines. Only difference is, it's official now.

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