Cyril Milochevitch

Introducing the Natural Wines of Domaine de la Sarbèche (Saint-Péray & Saint-Joseph) and Monts et Merveilles (Minervois)!

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Cyril Milochevitch, Domaine de la Sarbeche  While traveling with Pascaline Lepeltier, MS, of Racines NY last winter, we were fortunate to taste with the young Cyril Milochevitch of Domaine de la Sarbèche at a natural wine show near Montpellier. We tasted his 2017 Vin de Pays Syrah, from vines in Saint-Peray, the 2016 Saint-Peray from the lieu-dit "Fauterie" and the 2016 Saint-Joseph from "Les Rivoires" in Tournon, an excellent parcel which also contributes to the Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph. While all three wines showed very well, we were particularly impressed with the 2016 Saint-Joseph, vinified with zero additives, which was dense, deep and well structured - a natural wine from great terroir that should show beautifully after five to ten years of cellaring. Cyril's first vintage was 2014 from two hectares of organic vines in Saint-Peray, adding the small parcels of Syrah in Saint Peray and Saint Joseph in 2015, which are now in conversion to organic farming. Cyril is committed to organic agriculture and vinifications with zero or minimal SO2, both for the health of the consumer and for the improved quality of the wine. We are excited to get started with this talented young vigneron, definitely on the right path and already producing superb wines - we hope you will try them! (Taste them at Racines NY, Tuesday, August 27, 6pm - 10pm along with the natural Languedoc wines of Monts et Merveilles - go to racinesny.com to reserve.)

Julien Audard on a cold day in the Haut-Minervois

Laure Boussu and Julien Audard, Domaine Monts et Merveilles  About 35 years ago my wife and I rented a farmhouse with the kids, perched high on the slopes of the Montagnes Noire above La Livinière in the Minervois – we spent a delightful two weeks exploring the region and discovering its food and wines. One thing we noticed was the difference between the somewhat rustic wines on the lower terrain east of Carcasonne (where most AOC Minervois is produced) and the more complex and elegant wines both from the schist soils of the Montagnes Noire and from the limestone soils of the high ground around La Livinière and the high plateau above the town of Minerve. So much for geography, but it’s a fascinating region with distinctive wines and I was very happy to return for our visit to Monts et Merveilles last January. Laure Boussu and Julien Audard created the domaine in 2012 with 4 hectares of vines mostly on schist and limestone in the Montagnes Noires and a small parcel on the limestone “cause” a bit to the north. The vines are situated in wild and pristine high mountain countryside. The farming here has been organic and Biodynamic from the start, without using copper (copper sulfate, the primary organic treatment for mildew) and vinification and bottling is with zero or minimal SO2 added. To protect the life of the soil, the vineyards are plowed as little as possible. The estate is practicing superb farming and meticulous natural vinifications, which was clear to us upon tasting the wines with Julien last winter. The wines possess beautiful purity and focus of fruit as well as a wonderful brightness and balance – we are thrilled to present these lovely, affordable natural wines and we congratulate Laure and Julien for their intelligent and conscientious work in the vines and the cellar!

Sarbèche 2017 Vin de France Syrah (Saint-Peray)

The 2017 Sarbèche "Comme une Lettre a la Poste" is from 100% Syrah grown in the Saint-Peray AOC on granite soils, vinified by carbonic maceration. The wine shows earthy blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of violet, citrus and spice. The palate has nice texture and ripe black and blue fruits backed by earth and mineral flavors. The wine opens up well with aeration or a day in the fridge, drinking like a Cru Beaujolais made with Syrah! Serve with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie, cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Péray

The 2016 Saint-Peray from Cyril Milochevitch at Sarbèche is from 40 year-old Marsanne and Roussanne vines (50% each) in the lieu-dit "Fauterie" on decomposed granite at 400 meters altitude.  18 months of aging in 5 to 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, no soutirage or batonnage, minimal SO2 added. The color is pale gold/bronze with aromas of apricot, brown spice, lemon, chamomile, stone and hay. The palate is round and pretty with white fruits, almond, peach and stone flavors. Serve with fish in sauce, white meats, mild cheeses. Lovely now but the wine should gain in complexity over the next five to ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Joseph

The Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Joseph is from 30 year-old Syrah vines  grown in a steep section of the excellent lieu-dit "les Rivoires" in Tournon. Whole cluster fermentation followed by 2 years in 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, 10 mg/L SO2 added before bottling. The wine shows a deep opaque black/red color with elegant aromas of blackberry, cassis and blueberry, quite deep and meaty with hints of violet and mint. The palate is supple and richly textured with deep blackberry, black raspberry, earth, licorice and spice, with bitter chocolate, sappy black fruits, minerals and firm acidity in the finish. This quite serious Saint-Joseph should be decanted if drinking now and should show beautifully with five to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2017 Vin de France Alchimie

The 2017 "Alchimie" is a direct-press rosé of Syrah grown in a high-altitude parcel with limestone soils in Camplong, above Félines-Minervois. This is a robust, natural rosé that has some structure and serious depth: a tiny amount of residual sugar adds body and versatility with food. "Alchimie" combines notes of ripe red cherry and raspberry with complementary savory earthy character and limestone minerality. Try this wine chilled with spicy Mediterranean and Asian dishes, like Moroccan tagine, chicken or pork shawarma, or even a Thai curry. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Acceptation

Laure Boussu and Julien Audard created their Domaine in 2012 and now control 4 hectares of vines in the Haut-Minervois, above La Livinière. Laure and Julien approach winemaking from an agro-ecological and biodynamic standpoint: they practice minimal intervention, and sulfur is rarely added during the vinification process. The cuvée “Acceptation” is a blend of Cinsault and Carignan from purchased fruit in Biodynamic farming, as they lost a large percentage of their crop to mildew. The 2018 vintage is a ripe, intensely aromatic one. Floral perfume and fresh fruit dominate the nose. The palate shows pinpointed acidity along with vibrant blackberry and  cherry fruit. Pair with escargot if you can (the best friend to Cinsault) or a braised lamb dinner.  John David Crosby

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Haiku

"Haiku" is a blend of mostly old vines of Carignan with a small amount of Grenache, grown on limestone soils in  the Haut-Minervois near Cassagnoles. The 2018 deftly condenses all of the ripeness from the warm growing season into a plush offering of succulent red fruit with soft velvet tannins underscored by bright citrus acidity. There is a rustic character to the aromas: worn leather, game, and some funk mingled with earthy spice and hearty mountain herbs. This is a bottle that is charming for its simplicity, but we expect it will gain complexity with 2-3 years in the cellar. Serve cool if drinking now and try pairing with charcuterie, sheep and goat's cheeses, or tagines.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2015 Vin de France En Marge (Syrah No SO2)

"En Marge" is from a high-elevation vineyard of that name on limestone soils in Camplong, in the Haut-Minervois, 100% Syrah. The wine was aged for three years in old barrels and vat and was vinified and bottled with zero SO2. The 2015 shows a deep garnet color in the glass and offers classic aromas of black pepper, funk, and blue fruits with more complex aromas of dusty minerals,  dark chocolate, and fennel. Well-knit tannins give a silken texture to the rich and supple palate while flavors of ripe blue fruit, sarsaparilla, and dried herbs emerge on the finish. A terrific natural wine for the table alongside grilled meats or mildly spiced Indian dishes. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur