DOMAINE JULIEN MEYER is a Biodynamic winery in the Bas-Rhin, in the Alsace region of France. The domaine dates from 1706.

OWNERS Patrick and Mireille Meyer.

VINEYARDS 2008 7 hectares (17.3 acres).

BIODYNAMICS Patrick Meyer (perso communication) describes his Biodynamic approach thus: “We dynamize biodynamic field sprays in a 240-litre copper dynamiser. We spray 500P using a copper back sprayer (une pompe à dos en cuivre) twice annually, once in spring and once in autumn. Horn Silica 501 is sprayed over the vines before or after flowering, depending on the spring. For this, we use a tractor on which is mounted an electrically-powered pump delivering 2 bars of pressure. We spray the common horsetail 508 preparation, and various other plant-based teas as needed in hot years. During winter pruning we apply pruning washes [les badigeons] to the vines. These are made from cow manure, whey, clay, common horsetail tea, essential oils and powdered oak bark. We spread biodynamic compost on the vineyards at a rate of 5 tonnes per hectare every seven years.”

SOIL MANAGMENT Patrick Meyer, who has been influenced by the writing of Masanobu Fukuoka (perso communication) says “We no longer mow the sward between the vines, instead we roll and then scarify [scratch] it in order to protect the soil by leaving a green cover over it. To avoid mixing the topsoil and subsoil layers we work the soil only to a shallow depth of 5cm [2 inches], twice in spring and once in autumn. We use an implement we made ourselves (‘une charrue de fabrication fabrication maison’) for this. This allows rain water to filter first through the humus layer in the subsoil, and then through the various sub-soil layers, charging itself with mineral elements with then become available to the deepest roots.”

CERTIFICATION 1992+ Bio sans papiers. 1999 First use of Biodynamic practices. 2006 First vintage with full organic certification. 2012 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification.

CONTACT Domaine Julien Meyer, 14 route du Vin, F-67680 Nothalten (Bas-Rhin), France / Tel+33 (0)3.88.92.60.15 / patrickmeyer67 [at] free.fr

SPARKLING WINES

CRÉMANT D’ALSACE BLANC, O [‘Zero’, meaning no added sulfites] Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois.

STILL WINES

ALSACE BLANC AOC, SOLIS 2007 Sylvaner, Pinot blanc and Muscat.

ALSACE GEWÜRZTRAMINER AOC, HESSENBERG From the Heissenberg lieu-dit, Nothalten.

ALSACE GEWÜRZTRAMINER AOC, LES PUCELLES 2007 Nice light “up” style at Millésime Bio 2009.

ALSACE MUSCAT AOC, PETITE FLEUR

ALSACE PINOT BLANC AOC, LES PIERRES CHAUDES From the Heissenstein.

ALSACE PINOT BLANC AOC, DOLMEN

ALSACE PINOT GRIS AOC

ALSACE PINOT GRIS AOC, ZELLBERG

ALSACE PINOT NOIR, LES PIERRES CHAUDES From the Heissenstein (clay, schist, granite).

ALSACE RIESLING AOC 2007 Light mineral style with a bit of oxidation at Millésime Bio 2009 where Patrick told me as he only sulphurs at bottling this oxidative note blows off with time.

ALSACE RIESLING AOC, GRITTERMATT From Riesling on siliceous soil at the base of the Alsace Grand Cru Muenchberg AOC.

ALSACE RIESLING AOC, ZELLBERG On marl and silt (‘terroir de marne et de limon’)

ALSACE SYLVANER AOC 2002 A bit flat Millésime Bio 2004.

ALSACE SYLVANER AOC, ZELLBERG SOUS VOILE 2000 Aged ‘sous voile’.

GRANDS CRUS

ALSACE GRAND CRU MUENCHBERG AOC, RIESLING