October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
This AOC lies in the heart of rural Provence, where pine forest and aromatic garrigue thrive amid a hilly landscape punctuated by scraggy limestone outcroppings. Sadly, this sun-baked terroir’s undeniable potential is rarely ever fully realized: technological winemaking reigns in these parts, and many fine vineyard sites are wasted to the production of ultra-pale, insipid rosés bound for consumption by unsuspecting tourists on the nearby Côte d’Azur. This red, then, represents a delicious exception: old vines of organically farmed Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault are foot-stomped and naturally vinified without any pumping or filtration. Bandol might want to look over its shoulder. –Anthony Lynch
|Blend:||30% Grenache, 30 % Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10 % Cinsault|
|Appellation:||Baux de Provence|
|Winemaker:||Emmanuelle Dupéré and Laurent Barrera|
|Vineyard:||50 years average, 6 ha|
|Aging:||Aged in French oak barrels from Château d’Yquem, Beauséjour Bécot, and Domaine de la Romanée Conti|
Unlike so many who were born into the trade, Emmanuelle Dupéré and Laurent Barrera did not start their careers in wine. Emmanuelle was, and still is, a professional singer, and Laurent a geological engineer. In 1998, Laurent decided to change direction and enrolled in viticultural school in the Var. Emmanuelle already had a degree in Wine Commerce, but went back to learn the production side of the business. Their studies brought them together with great winemakers from all over France, and as they learned from them, they gained a deep respect for the unadulterated expression of fruit so prevalent in naturally-made wines. These eco-conscious artisans consider every detail with both brainy enthusiasm and heart.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117