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Champagne Diary: Marie-Courtin
Dominique Moreau farms her six acres of vineyards in Polisot according to the precepts of Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic methods of cultivation: treatments in homeopathic doses applied in phase with the moon using such materials as teas made from weeds found among her vines, and rock crystal and manure that have spent the winter buried in a cow’s horn in her vineyard.
In contrast to her beyond-organic methods, her neighbor’s vineyard (to the right below) is never plowed, and he keeps his vines free from weeds and insects using industrial herbicides and pesticides. The results — rock-hard, sterile soil, in contrast to Dominique’s healthy, breathing earth:
Dominique’s nine-year-old son came into the house one day with his iPhone, and he proudly announced that he had lain down among the family vines to record any number of chirping, buzzing insects. However, when he tried to do the same in the neighbor’s rows, there was no sound to be heard.
A winemaker in the Loire once commented to us about the cult-like biodynamic method, “I practice, but I am not a believer.” Translation: “I don’t know how/why this all works, but it does.” Tasting wines made from grapes grown in this manner will help you to understand his point of view.
Addendum: Moreau named her wine-making estate after her grandmother, Marie-Courtin, whom she found particularly close to nature.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…