Vines at Les Foulards Rouges

New Arrivals: Natural Wines from Les Foulards Rouges; the Elegant Rosés of Domaine Gavoty!

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Les Foulards Rouges is a long-standing favorite of Chambers Street Wines for a good reason: Jean-François Nicq is producing some of the most delicious, thirst-quenching and consistent natural wines in France. Again in 2021, Les Foulards Rouges has produced a really great line up of wines, which being low alcohol are perfect to pop open and enjoy now. And despite being light on their feet, they are far from being fragile, as the enticing, hedonistic aromatics and sapid fruit really explode after aeration or a day or two recorked in the fridge.

Jean-François Nicq

Jean-François Nicq grew up in the north of France, and studied geology before he discovered wine and later entered school for oenology. There he met Thierry Puzelat who introduced him to the burgeoning natural wine movement. After receiving his diploma, he moved to the southern Rhône near Tavel and in 1989 he became Director of the Estézargues Coopérative, which, under his direction, became famous for high-quality and organic methods. After working briefly with Eric Pfifferling at Domaine L'Anglore, he found his paradise -   9 hectares of vines at the foothills of the Canigou mountains overlooking the little harbor of Collioure, the “Vermeille Coast” and the Mediterranean sea. Here you find, at 100 meters elevation, decomposed gneiss and granitic soils: these terroirs, with lighter soils, can give lighter wines than elsewhere in the Roussillon, and with the influence of the sea especially at night, they give fresher wines as well. Farming is organic of course. A mixed cover crop (legumes, rye, cloves, etc.) and organic composts are used to create more humus rich topsoil. Yields are low, usually between 15 to 20 hl/ha. In the cellar, things are  simple but precise. The goal is to make clean, highly drinkable wines with the minimum addition possible - sulfur dioxide is used sparingly or not at all. The wines are light and refreshing, but with elegance and depth - serve them quite cool this summer and be happy!

Vines at Domaine Gavoty

Domaine Gavoty, Collines du Var, Côtes de Provence

We remember the unusually delicious artisanal Côtes de Provence rosé and white from Domaine Gavoty that were briefly available in the US perhaps 25 years ago, and we're very happy that they are again in the US with importer Neal Rosenthal. "Domaine Gavoty encompasses 50 hectares of vines on a Roman-era farm in the commune of Cabasse called Campdumy (“harvest fields” in old Provençal), situated along the snaking Issole River in the northwestern sector of the Côtes de Provence appellation. Surrounded by oak and pine forests and bordered by the Issole, Gavoty is a polycultural farm encompassing 110 hectares in total, and the family has worked the land without synthetic chemicals for decades, obtaining organic certification (Ecocert) in 2020.  Whereas much currently trendy Provence rosé gets by on being light enough in color and innocuous enough in flavor, Gavoty’s are first and foremost wines—refreshing in spirit as befits the appellation, to be sure, but resonant and thought-provoking as well, with notably gorgeous textures. In fact, Roselyn Gavoty considers texture to be the most important element in great Côtes de Provence rosé, and her wines uniformly hit bullseyes in that department. A lot of rosés dash quickly down the throat, sprinkling a few candied red fruits along the way; Gavoty’s caress the palate, with rich but nimble fruit fused to an underlying salinity, and finishes that blossom and linger."

Roselyne Gavoty

2021 "Grande Classique" Rosé combines 70% Cinsault and 30% Grenache. "Rather than being pressed immediately after harvest by rote as many Provence rosés are, “Grand Classique”—as well as “Clarendon” below—macerates for several hours before pressing, and the saignée and first-press juice are vinified separately. This allows Roselyn the flexibility to blend the more succulent and tender saignée with the more angular and architectural press juice in a manner to achieve the precise textural qualities she seeks in her wines. “Grand Classique” displays an uncanny equilibrium, with racy acidity wed to gleaming fruits that are just the right amount of vinous, all buttressed by an elegant, mouthwatering texture that speaks both to domaine’s healthy fruit and to Roselyn’s consummate blending skills."

2021 "Cuvée Clarendon" Rosé -  "Roselyn’s grandfather Bernard Gavoty (1906-1980) was a renowned classical music critic for France’s newspaper Le Figaro, and  often wrote under the curious Anglophone pseudonym Clarendon, and this cuvée—produced from the domaine’s oldest Grenache and Cinsault vines (dating back to the early 1960s)—honors his memory. Like the “Grand Classique” above, “Clarendon” combines a touch of saignée with the juice from the first pressing, striking a wonderful balance between vinosity and brisk drinkability. Both nose and palate are multilayered and beguiling, and although the fruit is brightly kinetic, there is a sense of regal richness to this cuvée that has nothing to do with weight. “Clarendon” sits easily alongside the Bandol from Château Pradeaux or the Palette from Château Simone as a rosé that is more than flattered by a bit of bottle age."

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Foulards Rouges 2021 Vin de France Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge

Les Foulards Rouges "Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge" is made from 80 year-old Cinsault vines grown on sandy granite soils giving yields of 25hl/ha on the bottom of the hillside of Montesquieu-des-Abères. Hand-harvested, the grapes are chilled on arrival, then vinified whole-cluster for 7 days at low temperature in carbonic maceration with wild yeasts.  The free run and press juices are blended, then the wine is aged for 6 months in cuve before being bottle by hand without any fining, filtration or SO2. 12% alcohol. Cinsault is still an under-appreciated grape variety: mostly planted and used today to make insipid rosés, the grape can really produce delightful, light reds without being thin or simple. The nose is all sour red cherry,  raspberry, fresh hop, wild rose. The palate is definitely a delicious, uplifting wine, with its light structure and its spine of acidity. You pick a bit of crab apple and green curry. Natural wine fans will love this wine, but more classic drinkers will also enjoy it for its savory quaffability. Chill it a bit and serve it in a medium size glass and enjoy it with just about anything.

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Foulards Rouges 2021 Vin de France La Soif du Mal Rouge

Les Foulards Rouges  "La Soif du Mal" is  one  of the emblematic wines of the domain. As most of the cuvées, the name is a tribute to a movie, in this case  Orson Wells' "Touch of Evil."   It is a blend of different plots of Grenache  with 20% of 60-year old Mourvèdre coming from a newly acquired plot also on the bottom of the hillside. Hand-harvested, the grapes are chilled on arrival, then vinified whole-cluster for 15 days at low temperature in carbonic maceration. All the free run and press juices are blended, then the wine is aged for 6 months in cuve before being bottle by hand without any fining, filtration or SO2. (12% alcohol).The nose is at first a little shy, then after 30 minutes, opens up on exuberant patchouli, lilac, coriander seed notes enhanced by some blueberry and vine peach hints. The palate is darker and chewier than expected, without losing its delicacy - I would put this on the Mourvèdre. It adds also some black raspberry, rose water, leathery and smokey notes, balancing very well the volubility of the Grenache. The wine holds up very well over a couple of days.. 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre.

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Foulards Rouges 2021 Vin de France Les Vilains

Les Foulards Rouges "Les Vilains" comes from one single plot of 80 year-old Carignan on the sandy granitic hillside of Montesquieu-des-Abères.  Hand-harvested,  chilled, the whole-cluster grapes undergo a carbonic maceration at low temperature (15C) for 2 weeks or so. The free run and press juice are blended then aged in used barrels until beginning of Spring. The wine is bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with no added SO2. (13% alcohol) "Les Vilains" has the most opulent nose of the line-up, full of red and black currant, sloe berries, roasted dark spices, nutmeg and pepper finishing with leather and smoked meat. The palate has the typical acid tension of the Carignan, with its blue fruit vibrancy, as well as its typical reduction and its angular tannins - clove, musk and roasted Provençal herbs. It is a quite a fresh and crunchy red for the Roussillon.  A good decant will be a plus if you drink today - it can also be kept 2-3 years. This wine would be delicious with a Ruben sandwich, or any type of hearty charcuterie. 80% Carignan, 20% Grenache

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Foulards Rouges 2021 Vin de France Soif du Mal Blanc

Les Foulards Rouges "Soif du Mal" Blanc is a blend of  40% Muscat petits grains, 30% Muscat Alexandrie and 30% Macabeu grown on the flatter part of Montesquieu-des-Albères on decomposed sandy granitic soils giving yields of 20 hl/ha.  To preserve the freshness, Jean-François stopped using oak for this cuvée, and tries to pick earlier (he knows how easily acidity can drop for this terroir). This cuvée has a beautiful nose, between white peach, lemongrass, limoncello, yuzu zest and freesia. The Muscat aromas are all nuanced.  The palate is really fresh, with a bright zesty acidity finishing with a touch of quinine bitterness.  Don't hesitate to decant the wine or keep it in the fridge, recorked, for a day or two, serve it in all-purpose white wine glass not too cold. (12% alcohol)

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Gavoty 2021 Cotes de Provence Grand Classique

The 2021 Gavoty "Grande Classique" is 70% Cinsault and 30% Grenache. The grapes macerate for several hours before pressing, and the saignée and first-press juice are vinified separately. The fermentation lasts about 15 days at low temperature, the saignee and press wines are blended in Januaary. The color is pale pink, with aromas of raspberry and white peach. The palate is beautifuly balanced, round and silky with lovely freshness. Red fruits, spice and mineral notes linger in the finish. Lovely wine!

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Gavoty 2021 Côtes de Provence Cuvée Clarendon Rosé

The Gavoty "Cuvee Clarendon" is produced from the domaine’s oldest Grenache (90%) and Cinsault vines (10%) dating back to the early 1960s. Like the “Grand Classique," “Clarendon” combines a touch of saignée with the juice from the first pressing, striking a wonderful balance between vinosity and brisk drinkability. Both nose and palate are multilayered and beguiling, and although the fruit is brightly kinetic, there is a sense of regal richness to this cuvée that has nothing to do with weight. “Clarendon” sits easily alongside the Bandol from Château Pradeaux or the Palette from Château Simone as a rosé that is more than flattered by a bit of bottle age.

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