2020 Clos des Mourres 'Pompette' Rouge VDF
Region: Vaison-La-Romaine < Côtes du Rhône <France
Grapes: Aubun, Counoise, Cinsault, TempranilloVineyard/Cellar stats: Organic and biodynamic; 45 year old vines on sandy loam soils; 3 weeks maceration, 50% destemmed 50% whole cluster, co-fermented in concrete; then aged on lees in neutral barrel for 8 months without racking; bottled according to the lunar calendar, unfined/unfiltered, with no added SO2; zero-zero; 13% ABV
Winemaker: Jean-Philippe & Ingrid Bouchet
Jean-Phillippe and his wife Ingrid purchased 5 acres in 2009 to start Clos de Mourres, named after a wild lettuce Jean-Philippe used to gather with his grandfather. After harvesting 'mourres' on their farm in the Southern Rhône, they would make a dinner of salad to accompany the other products they grew. These memories of simpler times with his grandfather inspired Jean-Philippe in his old-school, low intervention work at their domaine. He says, "We are craftsman farmers, because the term “craftsman” implies that we work manually, but especially farmer, because I chose to work the Earth, and in a natural way. We found an answer and solutions to our personal convictions in Biodynamics: getting healthy and living soils, favoring the exchanges between roots and soils thanks to microorganisms. It is, in our opinion, the only way to get the pure expression of the terroir. All our work is planned according to the lunar calendar, respecting the growth cycles of vines. We spray only concoctions of compost and silica."
There is vitality and aromatic purity in this wine that comes from Jean-Phillippe's meticulous farming and hand-off cellar practices. In this plush blend, 50% whole cluster fruit gives the wine an added layer of freshness and approachability. You get generous cherry, cranberry, plum and spice, with soft tannins and lots of minerals in a highly-drinkable (i.e., not huge alcohol or fruit like many Côtes du Rhône wines in the age of global warming) package.
OPTIONAL, BUT WE LIKE IT SERVED WITH A SLIGHT CHILL.