Tablas Creek: The Difference Between Organic and Biodynamic

posted by Taste Fine Wine Merchant, 07 June 2018

Over the past 5-6 years consumers all around the world are more health conscious on eating organically as it healthier and good for the environment. The term “organic” is extremely popular but “biodynamic” is less well known.

Tablas Creek introduces biodynamics in a very different way from organics. In fact, in many ways they are opposite approaches to sustainability. The certification for organic status is a verification that you do not use chemicals and it is essentially, a list of things that you can’t do:

1. No chemical herbicides

2. No pesticides

3. No fertilizers

Biodynamics, by contrast, is the effort to make a farm unit into a self-regulating ecosystem. This method appeals to Tablas Creek as they are dedicated believers in doing everything they can to express their property's terroir. They incorporate a mixed grazing herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys into the vineyard. Other Biodynamic practices include an extensive composting program; interplanting fruit trees among the vines; leaving sections of native vegetation and planting insect-friendly flowering plants to attract and support a healthy mix of insects; building owl boxes to control rodent pests naturally; and keeping their own hives of bees.

Here are some organic wines on promotion: 1 bottle for 50% OFF

Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2006

Sandwiched between the powerful 2007 and 2005 vintages, Jason Haas described the 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc as a "Goldilocks" vintage, and it's evolving very gracefully. The wine opens in the glass with a lovely bouquet of beeswax, lemon oil, yellow plums and an exotic touch of petrol. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and richly textural, with excellent balance and purity, chewy extract and wonderful integration. This is a superb white Rhône blend that's drinking at its peak. (95pts, RP Wines Advocate: William Kelley)

Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009

Aromas of Brazilian limes and lemon with flowers. Lemon curd. Rich. Full-bodied, with wonderful dense and agile palate of dried apples, mango and figs. Love the finish. Caramel, honey and lemons. Roussanne really comes out. 62% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc and 12% Picpoul Blanc. Drink now or hold. (94pts, James Suckling)