Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne – Biodynamic Specialist

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When tasting wine, everyone can experience for themselves the impact that a certain form of viticulture has on the quality and expression of the terroir.

I became aware of the potential to produce more expressive wines while studying at Paris’ École Polytechnique ; founded by the great Gaspard Monge, father of Émilie Monge ; Château de Pommard’s great wine heroine. After graduating with an M.Sc. in Agronomy from Agro ParisTech ; a Masters in Viticulture, and a French National Diploma in Oenology from Montpellier SupAgro ; I became Assistant Director of Viticulture at the Domaine Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet ; a pioneer in Burgundy for biodynamic wine production since the 1990s.

I now focus my extensive studies and experience as an Agronomic Engineer and Biodynamic Specialist ; guiding wineries of all shapes and sizes to transform their vineyards into biodynamic production ; and bringing the touch of the Burgundy spirit  – energy, refinement and minerality – to the vineyards and vignerons of the world. I am forever looking for the most faithful interpretation of great terroirs – and, for me, it is is the key.

In the summer of 2016, I joined the Château de Pommard team to help implement and share Emmanuel Sala‘s vision for the conversion of the Clos Marey-Monge. Our collaboration will result in the single largest biodynamic vineyard in Burgundy. The fruits of this labor will be ready to be taste in 2022, so I make sure you book your table in the Château’s Tasting Room for then. Prepare to be amazed!

In addition to getting my hands dirty among the soils and vines of the Clos, I enjoy time spent in my study writing about biodynamic wines. My most recent book, What is so Special about Biodynamic Wine? asks and answers the 35 most important questions about why biodynamic viticulture must be the future of winemaking.

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