2020 La Colombière PURE Négrette

2020 La Colombière PURE Négrette

Regular price $26

Region: Fronton < France

Grapes: Negrette
Vineyard/Cellar stats: Organic + biodynamic since 2005 (certified
2011); sderolithic (iron rich silt), stony, draining soils with clay;
vinified and aged separately in stainless steel tanks before blending
and aging for 18 months in concrete tanks; bottled unfined/unfiltered
with minimal So2; 12% ABV

Winemaker: Diane Driésen

Installed on the alluvial terraces of the Tarn in Southwestern France,
Domaine de la Colombière has been a working farm since the fifth
century.  At the Revolution, the estate became the property of the
Chabanon family settled in Villaudric, until the end of the 20th
century. In 1984 the Baron Driésen acquired the estate and turned it
over to his daughter Diane 1998. She and her husband left careers in
Paris and learned how to farm, and soon realized that
organic/biodynamic was where they wanted to be.  Thus began the
certification process, and they've been certified for both since 2011.
Since Diane's reign began, cellar work has also been low-intervention,
with native yeast fermentation and minimal added So2.  We love to see
a larger, money-backed estate make these changes, because it disproves
the assumption that natural wine can only be made by garagistas at a
small scale. These guys have proven the financial model for
responsible farming and low-intervention winemaking in a larger
distribution model.

And we love the wines, which are lighter and fresher than most from
this region and its sturdy grapes like the Négrette here.  The nose is
floral and herbal, pretty roses and juniper. The palate is ripe and
juicy wine, bursting with blackberries and black plum on a herbal,
slightly smoky backbone, soft, plush tannins giving your mouth a warm
bear hug.  A cozy fall wine if there ever was one, and also a very
versatile food partner.

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