Roussillon, France

Domaine Jean-Philippe Padié Vin de France (Rouss) Fleur de Cailloux 2014

Grenache Gris, Macabeu, Grenache Blanc
Organic Status:

The name means "flower of the stones" and that's just what this fabulous natural wine represents, a vivid, exquisite expression of the stony soils it's born from. Jean-Philippe Padié is perhaps the most playful and possesses the lightest touch of the gang of 5 producers in Calce who work biodynamic and (mostly) sans sulfites to produce some of the finest wines of Southern France. This is a blend of the three fine native grapes that offers complexity to he who seeks complexity but ready refreshment to the rest of us! The Mediterranean fruit and energy is awesome for just 11.90% alcohol. 35 mg/L SO2 Tot. This really is drinking the vines!
Tasting Notes:
This offers sublime aromas of 'petits salés', salty croissant, lemon, apple, pear, peach, acacia honey and iodine while the palate positively fizzes with energy and silky refreshment. Like a racy novel, it's un-putdownable!
Vintage Notes:
2014 was a challenging and complicated year in the Languedoc Roussillon, overall wet and cool by comparison with average. However, the best vignerons turned this to their advantage: while the cool weather gave freshness and the rain gave juice. Moreover, there was little rot in well-farmed, well-sited organic and biodynamic vines, so producers were able to harvest quite late to gain excellent flavour ripeness while maintaining attractively low alcohol. It's a delicious follow up to the very fine 2013.

This wine comes from several parcels of vineyards, the Grenache Blanc on limestone-clay, the Grenache Gris on grey clay, the Macabeu on schist. The vineyards are worked organically and bio-dynamically. The climate is Mediterranean, dry and hot but with some cooling sea breezes from the sea just a few kilometres away and with the cooling breezes from the north of the Tramontane. The vines are 65 year old Grenache Gris and Blanc, 35 year old Macabeu. Grapes are harvested by hand in late August.
Very simply made in stainless steel tank after a very light crushing and very long pressing before settling. Using wild yeasts, no additives, no sulfites until a touch at bottling and minimal temperature control.
15,000 bottles (1,250 cases)

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¥4,752 / bottle SRP inc. tax