The Wine: Christian Binner Si Rose Skin Contact NV
Christian Binner Christian Binner Si Rose Skin Contact NV is made from a blend of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. The grapes for this great Alsace wine are hand-harvested and sorted manually in the vineyard. They then undergo two weeks of whole-bunch co-maceration before being lightly pressed and fermented. Si Rose is bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no sulfur added.
The Producer: Christian Binner
The Binner family, established in the village of Ammerschwihr since 1770, initially engaged in polyculture, later transitioning to full-fledged wine-growing post-World War II. The family has a long-standing tradition of organic farming, a practice preceding official certifications. In the 1950s, despite the agricultural shift towards mechanization and chemical fertilizers, the Binners, led by the patriarch of the family, remained committed to traditional farming methods. They continued with labor-intensive handwork, using manure and natural treatments in the vineyards. This adherence to organic practices has resulted in the preservation of vines dating back to the 1930s, planted by the family's forefathers, which have never been exposed to chemicals.
This philosophy extended beyond vineyard management to their cellar practices as well. Under the guidance of Joseph Binner, and influenced by Marcel Lapierre, legendary Beaujolais grower and a trailblazer in the natural wine movement, the family began crafting wines without added sulfur as early as the 1990s. This approach has solidified the Binner family's reputation as respected figures in the natural wine community, maintaining a legacy of organic and natural wine production through generations.
The Region: Alsace