Le Petit Domaine de Gimios 'Rouge Fruit' Vin de France 2017

Article number: Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Rouge Fruit 17
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One of the most interesting and delicious natural wines to come from the south of France, this gem is from Anne-Marie and Pierre Lavaysse from Saint Jean de Minervois in the Herault within Languedoc (actually from Gimios within the commune borders of Saint Jean de Minervois), under the name Le Petit Domaine de Gimios. Anne-Marie established the domaine in 1993 and began to restore the abandoned, very old vineyards (dating back to the 1860s!), randomly planted with at least sixteen different grape varietals. She tends her vines using biodynamic practices and the domaine is certified biodynamic by Demeter. Anne-Marie and Pierre Lavaysse make their wines with zero additives and farm without the sulfur and copper treatments that are used by most organic vineyards. The Gimios wines are sourced from incredibly low-yielding vines, hence they tend to be a bit more expensive than some but with an incredibly delicious payoff. The exposed, rocky vineyard is covered with low bush vines with thick trunks that help them stand up to the wind that pushes down from the mountains behind. Grapes are co-fermented from old vines of carignan, terret, aramon, grenache, alicante, and muscat petit grain, resulting in this amazing soft, round, subtle red, full of layers of nuanced fruit that seem to go on forever. Complex aromas of fruit preserves, white pepper, violets, and baking spice mingle with bright red fruits, citrus, and minerals on the palate. Lip-smacking acidity with notes of berries and stone fruits linger on the finish. These wines have had absolutely no sulphur added (and haven't since 2002!). Delicious and unique, this is sure to delight any lover of natural wines! Certified biodynamic, low-intervention, vegan.

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