Lessons from a Biodynamic Winemaker in France

L'OCCASION

I take a notes like a squirrel on the bird feeder – fast and and full, getting it all down before someone changes the subject. You’ll know me by my notebooks.

More often than not, however, the stuff that really sticks with me doesn’t require a scribble. My memory serves in certain moments where everything just makes sense, when it links up with something in my genetic code and delivers clarity.  This happened last year when I met the SAUREL family at their fifth-generation domaine, Montirius in Sarrians, which is located near Gigondas in Provence, France. The name Montirius contains part of the surname of each of Christine and Eric Saurel’s children: MON (Manon) – TI (Justine) – RIUS (Marius).

Provence Wine, Rhone Wine, Biodynamic Wine Erik SAUREL and his daughter Manon share the story of making biodynamic wine in Provence. Credit: Jill Barth

The Montirius Way

The SAUREL family runs a completely biodynamic shop. “Our…

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