2017 Domaine du Possible 'C'est Pas La Mer à Boire' Côtes du Roussillon
Region: Agly Valley < Languedoc-Roussillon < France
Grape: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; 50+ year-old vines on soils of gneiss and granite; a small amount of grapes are placed in vats and foot trodden, then more bunches are added whole cluster, resulting in a semi-carbonic maceration; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added So2; zero-zero; 14% ABV
Winemaker: Loïc RoureLoïc Roure was planning to open a restaurant/wine bar when he stumbled upon an old cooperative winery in 2003 and bought that instead, pivoting to the winemaking side of the business. After an extensive renovation (the place had been abandoned since 1990) Loïc now works and lives in Lansac's old cave cooperative, farming his 10.5 hectares of vineyards around the Côtes du Roussillon A.O.C. He has worked organically from the start, preferring his hands to tractors, and mostly eschewing So2 additions. Which is fairly easy in this extremely windy region, which naturally repels mold and pests, making chemical-free growing work easier.
The name of this wine translates to 'It's not the sea to drink', which apparently in local slang means 'It's not a big deal". We beg to differ. This wine is actually pretty special. Semi-carbonic, with bright, red-hot cinnamon spice on the nose and the palate, crunchy red fruit and wet earth, and a silky, mouth-filling tannins, this is gorgeous red to enjoy, chilled of course, with a summer spread of things from the grill and the garden. It wears its higher ABV, which is a true reflection of the warm vintage, very elegantly.