Domaine de Beudon Diolinoir 2014
Producer: Domaine de Beudon
Region: Valais, Switzerland
Vinification: Natural fermentation in stainless steel vats. Ageing on lees for 11 months. No chaptalisation, no filtration, unfined.
Vegan? : Yes
Jacques (Jacky) Granges often said that people thought he was crazy. He was crazy to move up to Valais as a single young man in the early 70’s. And crazy to convert the estate to Biodynamics long before anyone else – he was the first in Switzerland.
Why would someone decide painstakingly to build terraces up the ridiculously high hills of the Valais and give life to the first biodynamic Swiss vineyard on such unhospitable mountains? The answer lies in the wines themselves! After tasting the wines of Domaine Beudon, it is clear that Jacky Granges is simply one more great man whose genius has been dubbed crazy by those who do not understand him.
As you might imagine, considering these conditions, production is very small, and the wines are a rare find.
Jacky sadly passed away in 2016 from a fatal fall in his vineyard. Despite Jacky's death, his wife and two daughters are continuing his dream of producing outstanding wines.
Diolinoir is an ancient grape varietal indigenous to the area. Electric red berries, smooth tannins and chalky granitic bite. Raw and alive with plenty of years ahead but also very much ready to be enjoyed right now.