Do organic and biodynamic wines taste better?

We think so and we are not the only ones. Wine experts and the trade press such as The wine advocate, Wine enthusiast and Wine spectator are also convinced of this. The American Journal of Wine Economics analyzed the professional appraisal results of more than 74,000 wines produced in California between 1998 and 2009, and found that organic and biodynamic wines scored significantly higher than conventional wines. The mean difference is 4.1 points, which is statistically quite significant. These wine specialists say they blind tasted wines so as not to bias the results.

Fortune Magazine did another blind tasting of 10 biodynamic wines against 10 conventional wines. Of the 20 wines tasted, only one of the conventionally produced wines was deemed superior to its biodynamic counterpart. The judges were composed of a Master of Wine and head sommeliers.

What about organic and biodynamic Swiss wines?

The person in Switzerland who has the most Robert Parker points is undoubtedly the winegrower Marie-Thérèse Chappaz who runs a biodynamic estate. Robert Parker gives 90 to 95 points for exceptional wines and 96 to 100 points for extraordinary wines. Marie-Thérèse Chappaz received 99 points twice for two of her wines, which is truly incredible. There are many other organic and biodynamic Swiss winemakers who have received between 90 and 100 Parker points for their wines such as Henri Cruchon, Cave Caloz, Domaine Cornulus, Jean René Germanier, Le Petit Château, La Maison Carré, Le Cru de l'Hôpital , Castello di Morcote and La Colombe to name a few.

Why do organic and biodynamic wines taste better?

For our part, we believe that organic and biodynamic wines stand out from standard retail wines because they express the true nature of the grape variety and reflect the terroir from which they come, thus offering a unique and authentic organoleptic experience. We understand that wine appreciation is personal as everyone’s tastes and preferences are different, but we recommend that you compare wines for yourself to get your opinion on the matter.

Séan Langlois.

Cambridge University Press
Swiss Wine Promotion
Fortune Magazine