There's a bit of a fashion for Vin Nature or natural wines these days. The problem is, there are no precise regulations about what constitutes vin nature and an element of laissez-faire prevails so that each wine grower has their own idea. Jeanjean, known as one of the big vineyard owners of the Languedoc, with 260 hectares of vines, have decided to take the plunge and have just released their first vin nature, made from Cinsaut, grown on their newest estate, Domaine du Causse d'Arboras, up in the hills above the village of Arboras. If you stand in their vineyards, you are looking straight at the face of the Mont St Baudile.
Matthieu Carliez, the winemaker, explained that they have followed vey strict criteria, so the grapes are handpicked and absolutely nothing is added to the juice, no yeast, no enzymes, no sulphur. He explained that it is essential to start with absolutely healthy grapes and they put them into a vat full of co2, which will stop any nasty micro-organisms doing undesirable things. The wine is racked, and bottled early, at the beginning of the year as they are rather nervous about keeping it in vat without the addition of any SO2. It is much safer in bottle. And I thought it tasted absolutely delicious. Cinsaut makes for lovely fresh cherry flavours so that the palate is perfumed with a balancing streak of tannin providing some backbone, with a fruity finish. And it is available from Jeanjean’s rather smart shop, Vignerons et Passions in St. Felix de Lodez.
Vignerons et Passions
St. Felix de Lodez 34725