One of the sparkling wine world’s most famous luminaries, Hervé Jestin, claims to be working with new technology that can actually measure the level of energy in a glass of wine and see the impact on the human being.
In an interview with Secret Sommelier, Jestin explained that a normal glass of champagne has varying amounts of energy within it that can be measured. However, when they used the device to measure the amount of energy in their biodynamic samples, the levels were “astronomic”.
Jestin then goes on to explain how this impacts the human body. When imbibed, the biodynamic wine has an astonishing effect on the body’s “chakra”, bringing them into alignment. This latter part of the experimentation can also be measured using this new instrumentation developed by a Russian scientist.
Biodynamically produced wine is a method for producing wine that is becoming much more common, especially in France. The term refers to processes that are beyond being simply “organic” but bring into play the moon cycles, and a promotion of all kinds of life in the vineyard.
These practices have been the subject of much speculation and sometimes ridicule as vineyard owners have been known to adopt peculiar rituals in the belief it will improve the grape harvest quality. However, Hervé Jestin is absolutely certain that these wines do not just make for a healthier vineyard but they also could have dramatic health benefits for those who drink them.
On the subject of climate change, building resilience to extreme weather conditions is now a great concern for growers. Hervé also states that making sure the vineyard is chemical free and a haven for life, will make the vines themselves stronger and help them adapt to changing conditions.
Hervé Jestin is a consultant to many vineyards around the world, including many in Champagne and the much championed ‘Hambledon Vineyard’ in England. As this trend for biodynamic winemaking continues, the research on the effects on humanity and the wine in our glass will continue to be investigated by Jestin and his colleagues. Watch this space as we’ll be catching up with Hervé again soon!
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