Domaine des Enfants Tabula Rasa 2016
Domaine des Enfants was set up by Marcel, a bored Swiss banker just over 10 years ago. After visiting Languedoc Roussillon he decided to buy some old vineyards and the rest is history as they say. His viticultural practises are slightly insane - he ploughs everything by horse, the whole 12 hectares - he's got arms to prove it! Also due to low rainfall and very old vines yields are crazily low considering the price points of the wines. The Jouet rouge is made from a teeny 15hl/ha. To put this into perspective, grand crus Burgundy yields are usually around 40hl/ha. Oh and he also farms organically.
A local blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc, Macabeu from over 70 year old vines which gives it lots of concentration. Vinified in large old oak barrels to really express the vines and grapes this has a touch of "naturalness" about it, but with really good freshness and purity of fruit.
Region: Rousillon, France