Cuvée Briande 2018
Grape Variety: Grenache
Producer: Le Mazel (Gérald Oustric)
Region: Valvignères, Ardèche, France
Wild Scale: 4/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: Organic Grenache grapes were harvested by hand. 10 day carbonic maceration before being pressed into stainless steel to finish the fermentation with indigenous yeast. Aged in tank for 2 years, no oak. Bottled with no fining, filtration or added sulphur.
This Wine: Still red wine despite the crown cap. Another example of how Gérald's wine display so much character but at the same time are very straight forward and approachable. The spice and black fruit flavours compliment cured meat dishes perfectly. Medium to full bodied with no flavours of oak.
Notes on the Winemaker: After meeting the famous Beaujolais producer Marcel Lapierre, Gérald Oustric realised it was time to stop selling grapes to the local co-cop in the Ardèche village of Valvignères and instead focus on making authentic wines with personality that reflect the natural environment of the vines. Now he is seen as one of the godfathers of the natural wine movement and his cuvées have the ability to age amazingly well.