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DOMAINE GOURT DE MAUTENS

LVT 2017 r 2017 wh 2010 rosé 2006 VDN This is a remarkable, out of the loop 15 hectare estate with an extremely passionate owner. It was created in 1996 when Jerome was 23 years old, his father a Co-operateur at Rasteau. Since 1988-89 Jerome insisted on it being an organic domaine, and since 2008 it is biodynamic. Yields have always been tiny – 10-15 hl/ha. Jérôme does not work with an oenologue.

These are very precise wines, some STGT qualities, too; they come from a patchwork of leading sites at Rasteau, with blue and yellow marl soils, clay and stones mixed in. The Grenache and Carignan feature post Word War One vines. Harvesting is later ["later and later, since that encourages more aromatic subtleties"] than in the past, the 2014 into November. Whole bunch percentages on the red vary between 50% and 80%.

The IGP red wine is a very accurate measure of the vintage, so the 2014 was cool, direct, interesting, the 2016 leaning towards North Africa and the Mediterranean, eking out its thick juice with resistance. The 2017 had still not finished 45 gm of sugar in March, 2019.  

The wines are expensive, high quality, and no longer part of the Rasteau appellation because the authorities expect him to drop grape varieties that do not fit their dossier of approved vines. 

The IGP white is composed of nine different varieties that include 1930s Grenache blanc, also Grenache gris, all three Northern Rhône varieties, and 1980s Picpoul. It can ferment for eighteen months, and needs time to get together, then open, so Jérôme recommends drinking at seven years with truffle dishes. The white is mostly on limestone, and has been increased from one to three hectares.

There are just two vintages of Vin Doux Naturel, the ****(*) 2004 and ***** 2006.

The picture features Jérôme with wine list legend and truffle fiend Guy Jullien of the Restaurant Beaugravière at Mondragon

Jérome Bressy route de Cairanne 84110 Rasteau

Tel: +33(0)490 46 19 45

Countries exported to:1) Switzerland 2) Belgium 3) GB 4) Germany 5) Norway, Denmark – before was 1) Germany 2) Belgium 3) Switzerland

Percentage Exported: 50%

British Importers: Vine Trail Hotwells Road Bristol www.vinetrail.co.uk - has been Raeburn, Lay & Wheeler

USA Importers: T.Edward Wines NY, 66 W Broadway Suite 406, New York, NY 10007, +1212 233 1504, www.tedwardwines.com