From a few acres of vines bequeathed by his grandfather and after settling in the family barn belonging to his great uncle, a peasant, Jérôme François created Uncle Charles’ barn. The estate was thus born at the beginning of 2014 in Ostheim, a small Alsatian village. At the end of 2017, Yann Bury, Jérôme’s new partner, entered the farm and picked up a young Ardennes mare.
The vineyard, meadows and orchards are worked in biodynamics with the greatest respect for millennial traditions. The vinifications are natural and without any input.
A wine can only derive its originality from the full expression of its terroir and its microclimate. These are, moreover, the only inimitable elements in a wine, and it belongs to the winemaker; concerned about the quality of its product; to restore them as faithfully as possible, without filter and without artifice.
Over the past 50 years, our terroirs have been battered by chemical and intensive agriculture. Yields and economic result have been the priority to the detriment of product quality. We believe that quality food and a healthy environment should be our common concern.
Without a tractor, the plowing is carried out with our draft horses: Sirus and Fastoche. This allows us to avoid unnecessary compaction of soils which suffocate biological and microbiological life. We let our flock of Ouessant sheep graze in the rows of vines. In addition to mowing the grass, they provide organic fertilizer to our soils.
We are sure that the special attention we bring to the vines with our animals, respecting the soul of the plants, the earth and the environment, contributes to the sensations and sensitivity that can be found in our wines.
You, us and the whole team at Uncle Charles’ barn give direction, shape and cohesion to the spirit of the estate’s wines.
-From the producer