Pierre Fenals, child of the ‘48 vintage, went into viticulture at the young age of 52, after having discovered the writings of Rudolf Steiner in the 1990s. Having hitherto worked in developing franchises for global brands, this shift back to the earth represented something of a U-turn in his life. Indeed, it was back to school for Fenals, first for viticultural studies in Burgundy, then as a simple vineyard worker – “because that’s where you really learn things” – before striking out on his own on 09/09/2009 – no kidding! Cultivating 2.5 hectares himself, and buying an additional 3.5 hectares of grapes, Pierre gives special care to each vine: he not only applies biodynamics to the letter, but he also cultivates the plants that he uses to prepare herbal tisanes and plant composts. Low use of copper in the vines, light ploughing, harvesting by hand… Pierre’s sensitive, sensible approach also carries over into the winery: the wines are unfined, unchaptalised, unfiltered, and with only one gram per hectolitre of SO2 at bottling for certain cuvées.
A complex nose with notes of ripe fruit, plum, and blackcurrants... Palate: full bodied, frank, and profound, with mellow tannins, and a precise finish. By pushing the maturation further, Pierre has created a wine of exquisite substance.
A complex nose with notes of ripe fruit, peony, violet, rose... Palate: all chocolate and spices, this is Pinot grown on red clay, and thus yielding a wine of strength, power, and length... Put it in the cellar and forget about for a while.