La Maison Carrée
Jean-Denis Perrochet, his wife Christine and son Alexandre, are the minds behind this biodynamic Domaine based in north-western Switzerland in the wine region Neuchâtel. The Perrochet family have deep roots in this area going back over 900 years, with their winemaking beginning in the 17th century. On taking over the estate from his ancestors, Jean-Denis took a biodynamic approach to farming his land and making his wines - a brave decision in a country where "organic" wines had historically been made in a sloppy manner, causing public opinion to somewhat reject their quality.
Biodynamic practices and sustainable farming methods have resulted in life-filled soils, and beautifully healthy grapes that produce pure wines with finesse and balance.View Wines
Jean-Denis, Christine & Alexandre
Jean-Denis and his family are responsible for carving a new way of winemaking in their area. Fraught with misunderstanding, Swiss organic wines have had a turbulent history of bad craftsmanship, that damaged their reputation so badly that many winemakers began to leave "organic" off the wine labels of their bottles!
Recognised as a wine activist, promoting the value of sustainable farming processes such as close canopy and cover crop management, Jean-Denis manages to harness the power of different soil compositions to create wines that are the furthest from the messy "farmyard" wines people have stereotyped previously.Learn More
Biodynamic practices and sustainable farming methods have resulted in life-filled soils, and beautifully healthy grapes that produce pure wines with finesse and balance.
The vineyards can mostly be found surrounding the village of Auvernier, just west of Neuchâtel, with one parcel to the east named Hauterive. Consisting of ten hectares in total, the vines grown on gentle slopes rising from Lake Neuchâtel up towards the Swiss Jura mountains.
Their terroir is predominantly limestone, though each parcel has a distinct difference, whether that be deeper marly clay soils or shallow red iron topsoils. The family know every part of their land and the characteristics they build in the vines.Location