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2020 Les Frères VDF 'Cartagène Vin Muté' Fortified Wine

Gard, France

This is a fortified wine and one that their grandparents used to traditionally make in the south. They add home made grappa halfway through fermentation to kill the yeast and ensure some sugar remains. 100% Syrah grown on white clay. Rosé or light red in appearance, and very gently sweet. It can be drank as an aperitif, or after dinner with cheese. Keeps in the fridge for a few days as well. ' Bight, deep, honest and raw. Strawberries, cherries, violets and herbs. Lacquerous texture. Not too sweet. Welcoming minute hint of bitterness on the finish, like Campari. Gentle liquorice notes too. Light and delicate.' Ryan Larkin. 16.4% abv.
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About the maker

Brothers Charles and Guillaume Soulier, farm 10ha of vineyards around the tiny village of Saint-Hilaire-d’Olizhan. They farm mainly Grenache, Syrah and some Carignan, but have also planted forgotten local varieties such as Counoise, Terret Noir and Picardin.

They follow biodynamic principles in the vineyards, with the main focus being on soil health. Their aim is to create a biodiverse environment from the ground up, to establish and encourage microbial life. There are goats, sheep and chickens that roam free in the vines during the day, to eat the weeds and grass and to fertilise the soils as well.

Charles likes to experiment, and because he has no white grapes, he is now making a lot of blanc de noir wines. These are aromatic, lively, and play tricks on the mind. He also likes to work without topping up his barrels for certain cuvées, instead letting a flor develop.

The final products are very unique, and like nothing else you would have tasted before.
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