Gloriously fruity, unoaked Cotes du Rhone. Baked plums dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar, violets, hints of plums, lavender and a fine chalkiness too. There's an almost chocolatey element to it on the palate, yet so fresh with it, like the very best dark milk chocolate from Cocoa Runners, with dried orange zest too. The palate is fruit packed, very fine, and so bright, finishing long and very moreish-ly, with pepper and more orange notes.
Vigneron Frédéric Julien used to be Vice-President of the Cooperative Cellar of Rasteau and started his own domaine in 2017 in the village of Vaucluse. The estate takes its name from a part of the AOC called Gramiller – a terroir of many soils where they have 2.5 ha of vines. With 15 ha of vines spread across five lieu-dits, since his beginnings in vine growing some twenty years ago, Frédéric Julien has always been a big supporter of organic farming and a strong believer in the importance of farming with nature, rather than against it. Frédéric's wines are very precise, with as little external input as possible: just a minimal dose of SO2 at bottling for the estate’s wines and nothing at all for the Cuvées Natures. It’s all about the fruit! His no added SO2 cuvees are a masterclass in purity and consistency, and would convince even the most staunch critic of natural wine.