The upcoming interview in Decanter with Gerard Depardieu was a perfect example of old school thinking. According to Gerard, if you have money, of course you will chemically treat your vines ( the big implication is that this is much better).
Reminds me of the belief in 1950's America that canned food was better for you because it cost more than fresh!
Mr. Depardieu is correct, chemical based pesticides are expensive to buy and ultimately more expensive for everyone when rain causes the toxic chemicals to spread throughout the surrounding ecosystem.
He also repeats the often heard attack that Biodynamics is a sect or cult of some sort.
I was emailing back and forth earlier this week with a wine industry colleague about this very issue.
I am not a religious person. Organized religion and it's attendant rituals brings me no sense of peace or knowledge. But I duly acknowledge that organized religion has been beneficial for many millions of people around the world.
I try to hope and believe that their religious beliefs appeal to their better or higher selves.
I don't understand it but I believe it is called faith and following one's beliefs ( even if your beliefs seem crazy to a non-believer).
Biodynamics is somewhat similar for me. I don't fully agree with or understand the need for seemingly outlandish rituals but I like the eventual outcome.
Speaking of chemical free grapes. Here is another organic grape goodie to check out.
Champagne Launois Cuvee Reservee Blanc de Blancs Brut $30
Tastes of toasty, yeasty rolls with some delicious pear flavors. Bright mineral finish with a cleansing acidity.