Domaine Barmès-Buecher - High-quality Biodynamic wines from Alsace
The Domaine’s philosophy
Domaine Barmès-Buecher produces wines that are a true reflection of their vineyards, thanks to high-quality grapes, grown with care and respect.
The wines reflect the delicate relationship that connects the vine, terroir, vintage and man.
We therefore prefer to use manual growing practices in order to respect the vine and terroir and to limit the amount of mechanical work carried out in the vineyards by using lightweight machinery to reduce the effects of soil compaction. The use of animals for traction has been reintroduced in our Grand Cru Hengst parcel. Our approach is based on ‘bespoke’ practices which are adapted to the individual needs of each parcel in order to produce authentic wines which are a true reflection of their terroir.
Each bottle bears the stamp of its climat (Hengst, Pfersigberg, Steingrubler, Rosenberg, Leimental, Clos Sand, Herrenweg) in keeping with generations of family tradition.
The vineyards at Domaine Barmès-Buecher are certified as biodynamically grown. This very specific growing method places an emphasis on respecting the terroir and the natural environment. The land and the vineyards are considered as living beings and, at the domaine, their needs are paramount.
This approach considers the environment, as a whole, to be an essential and vital element in the quality of a wine. The wine grower nurtures his/her environment and stimulates the life forces that make it up.
Biodynamic growing adheres to the founding principles of organic agriculture, such as prohibiting the use of chemical and synthetic products. However, biodynamic practices go one step further by respecting the environment and the interactions of the terroir on a deeper level by stimulating the life forces using biodynamic preparations.
Special attention is paid to the lunar calendar, particularly with respect to when certain work is carried out in the vineyards or winery.
The Domaine is a member of Biodyvin, a union of wine producers who manage their domaines using only biodynamic practices.
Domaine Barmès-Buecher is also a member of the Renaissance des Appellations group which aims to promote the expression of AOCs by adhering to a biodynamic approach to winemaking.
Vinification at the Domaine
After the grapes have been harvested by hand, utmost care is taken not to disturb their natural balance and to preserve and extract all of the substance that they have drawn from their natural environment.
In the winery, the intervention of the winemaker is kept to a minimum: the highest quality grapes are selected and sorted by hand and each cuvée is pressed gently for a minimum of 9 hours (and up to 15 hours).
The juices are run off using a gravity system. Every operation is carefully thought through and intervention is kept to a strict minimum.
The winemaker’s work in the winery is heavily influenced by the lunar calendar.
4 different ageing areas and types of receptacle are used for the juices:
- large capacity cask (foudres) cellar
- vaulted barrel cellar
- stainless steel vat house for blends
- stainless steel vat house for small volumes
The choice of receptacle depends on the wine and its future purpose.
Fermentation begins naturally, using natural yeasts. The wine is fermented slowly in contact with the whole lees and the process lasts from 5 to 18 months (and up to 24 months in some cases).
No additives, selected yeasts, enzymes, chaptalisation, fining or synthetic products are used in the production of the wine. Only a small quantity of sulphur is used in order to preserve the wine over time. A light filtration, which respects the wine, is carried out just before bottling.
In its quest for excellence, Domaine Barmès-Buecher is constantly seeking ways to improve the production process. We are open to, and on the look-out for, the best vinification methods in order to respect the intrinsic qualities of our wines.
At Domaine Barmès-Buecher, the winemaker works with the wine and adapts to its natural cycle. We like to give the wine all the time it needs…