Another month of organic wine discovery awaits.
Honey Spencer, wine guru supreme, has picked out
a trio of grape-y gems for your palatable pleasure.In
this month’s Wine Club, we explore three from the Château de Nages Liberty range.
If there was ever a holy land of wine, there is no denying
that the Rhône valley would make a convincing candidate.
Situated in France’s southern quarter, to the east of Bordeaux
and the north of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône has all the
makings of God’s own country. Sweeping landscapes of lavender
fields, the mighty Alps, and of course, the most blessed vineyard
site in the world, the famous hill of Hermitage.
Here Michael Gassier lives out his days as a fourth generation winemaker at Château de Nages. He fervently crafts in his organic vineyards, with native varieties Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre along with small batches of indigenous white grapes. Micheal is always searching for ways to let the grapes and their terroir do the talking, rather than relying on clever winery techniques. He harvests by hand and allows the wine to ferment with natural domestic yeasts rather than yeasts designed in a laboratory. The resulting wines are fresh, pure and beautifully detailed.