Pierre Frick - Grands Vins d'Alsace - France
Natural and biodynamic winery. Pierre Frick is not only into biodynamics as a grower and winemaker; the entire atmosphere at the Domaine is full of life, harmony and peacefulness. Jean-Pierre turned into organic viticulture in the 1970s, went fully biodynamic in 1981 and has not chaptalized since 1988. Frick ploughs the soil carefully; uses cow dung every fourth year as the only fertilizer and lets wild herbs flourish in the vineyard during the growing season. In short, the idea is to give the vine a chance to utilize the soil and the sunshine as much and as naturally as possible.
Various biodynamic preparations are applied according to the cosmic rhythms of the Maria Thun calendar (this is the guide that most biodynamic growers use to help them do things at the right time, from vineyard work to racking to bottling). 10–15 tons/hectare of compost are spread every five years or so to maintain soil fertility. Biodynamic treatments are supplemented with other sprays, where these are essential.
Pierre Frick also produces a selection of wines without any use of sulphur, a practice that he’s really mastered over the years. Tasting through his range of wines, the one’s without added sulfites had the most delicious expressive nose.