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BENOIT ROSEAU

LVT  2018 r  2018 wh  2018 rosé  Benoît Roseau’s family cultivated vineyards in Algeria; his father worked on a transmitting antenna on Mont Pilat, and Benoît was born in the house he now occupies in the foothills of Pilat near Pélussin. He passed exams to be an agricultural engineer, but found it wasn’t for him. He was then manager of the Domaine de Ceyrac in the Gard (30), which grew vines and cereals. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 he vinified chez Domaine de Bonserine outside Ampuis, as well as working a little at de Boisseyt-Chol in Chavanay.

He planted his first vines in 2010, 0.5 hectare of Chardonnay and Roussanne around the family home at 400 metres. He now works about four hectares; he has scooped up plots here and there – 0.2 ha of Condrieu (1986 Viognier) bought in 2013, 0.24 hectare of scrubland on the Coteaux de Tupin planted in 2014. This 0.24 hectare of Côte-Rôtie was thanks to a small announcement advertisement that he put in the paper. The main slice is Saint-Joseph – 1.1 hectares of Syrah at Serrières, part rented, part owned after planting from zero, and 0.28 hectare of white on the plateau above Saint-Désirat. 

He also runs a merchant business to vinify purchased crop from Northern Rhône appellations – Saint-Péray, Cornas and a Côte-Rôtie.

Benoît works with wild yeasts in his clay-straw and bottle based cellar constructed in 2017. There is no SO2 used during the vinification. There are now around 16,000 bottles a year. He has a fine touch with the whites, which are calm and natural, from the IGP Collines Rhodaniennes up to the Condrieu from Vérin. The reds are more mixed, the two Saint-Joseph reds fair, hints of exertion in them, the use of stems in the older vine Patagone overwhelming the finish of the 2018. The 2017 Côte-Rôtie was a naked, true ***(*) wine, only 700 bottles of it, though. There is an agreeable, table-friendly IGP Syrah rosé as well.

Le Moulin à Vent 42410 Pélussin

Tel: +33(0)6 20 80 46 57

www.closdupigeonnier.fr

benoitroseau@yahoo.fr

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Sweden 3) Quebec, Ontario 4) Belgium 5) Norway

Percentage Exported: 40%

USA Importers: Michael Foulk and Wheeler Wines 66 West Broadway suite 301 New York NY 10007 +1917 306 1909 www.mfwinecompany.com mfoulk@mfwineco.com