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Domaine Barmes-Buecher, Pinot Noir Reserve 2018
Genevieve, Sophie, and Maxime Barmes
A wonderfully elegant Pinot Noir, brimming with delicate yet ripe red cherry fruit on the nose. The palate shows just a hint of tannic grip to freshen it up and bring some tension.
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.
Family-owned Domaine Barmes-Buecher, is located in Wettolsheim, one of the largest towns in Alsace. It was created in 1985 by Genevieve Barmes (noe Buecher) and Francois Barmes with vineyards which had been in their families since the 17th century. This energetic couple worked very hard to convert the Domaine's sixteen hectares to biodynamic farming; the domaine was finally certified in 1998. The goal is to simply encourage the vines to re-engage their natural state of being and to push each vine to recover its natural state of balance and harmony. Converting to biodynamics has made their vines more resistant. The sudden loss of Francois in 2011 pushed his children, Sophie and Maxime, to step up as key figures in the family business. Today, Genevieve, Sophie, and Maxime are determined to maintain the energy and balance acquired over the years by Domaine Barmes Buecher to continue to grow.
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