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|Blend:||80% Grenache, 20% Syrah|
|Appellation:||Côtes du Rhône|
|Producer:||Maxime François Laurent|
|Winemaker:||Michèle Aubèry-Laurent & Maxime François Laurent|
|Vineyard:||15 - 30 years, 4 ha|
|Aging:||Wine ages for 6 months in stainless steel cuves|
The seemingly reserved façade of Michèle Aubèry-Laurent melts quickly when she speaks about her wines. She and her husband, Philippe, bottled their first vintage in 1990, in the town of Montbrison-sur-Lez. In 1999, in an unexpected twist of fate, Philippe was killed in a tragic accident and Michèle was suddenly left with three children, vineyards, and the winery. Over the years, Michèle discovered her own creative voice in her new vocation. Today, she works twenty-six hectares with her son, Maxime François. They employ organic and biodynamic practices, with a non-interventionist stance in the cellars, bottling old-vine fruit with little sulfur, without fining or filtration, highlighting the purity of their small, rare production.
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312