Les Vins Pirouettes (Christian Binner)- So Le Brutal De Claude !!! 2018
Organic, Biodynamic, Unfiltered, Unfined
From the importer-
The Brutal wine corporation is a loose conglomeration of natural winemakers. Once accepted into the club, the winemaker must make a wine that is brutal in some way, in other words it must be extreme. The wine must only be made in one barrel, and must have no sulfur added. Generally all the labels for Brutal wines must look the same, although a few deviations have been allowed in more recent cuvées. Vines certified oraganic by ECOCERT in 2004 and byodynamic since 2016
Grapes are hand harvested with a triage in the vines, destemmed, and fermented with indigenous yeast and zero sulfur. The varieties are vinified separately, and spend about 18 days macerating on the skins, producing a nice orange/pink color. Elevage on the fine lees for 11 months in traditional large Alsatian foudre and bottled with zero addition of sulfur. The wine is blended a day before being bottled, Unfined and unfiltered.
Les Vins Pirouettes is a project launched by Christian Binner, that brings affordable natural wines to the table, and at the same time helps organic and biodynamic grape growers in Alsace move away from selling their grapes to cooperatives towards making and bottling natural wines. Each cuvée is made at a young grower’s winery, where they supply the grapes and Christian supplies his 20 years of expertise in making natural wine in Alsace, and of course his marketing and distribution savviness. Each cuvée will feature the name of the grower on the bottle. Here’s a word from Christian himself about this project:
Why do we call it “Pirouettes”?
Because we are having great fun with this project, and it gives us great joy!
Because the blends we make together are like fancy pirouettes – beautiful artistic figures which are the result of a certain know-how.
Because together, we free ourselves from the norms of the masses, from a standardized taste, making room for emotions, something new, and to joy.
Because this project also includes a new way of wine marketing. Note that this is not about usual trading practices.
I am happy to carry out this magnificent project together with my associates. Thanks a million for the trust you have given us!
Christian BINNER – Regional stirrer of emotions