** Bin End Sale **
Jean-Luc MATHA, Bruéjouls
The vignoble of Marcillac in Central France, just North-West of Rodez is planted on high, steep and accidented terraces dominating the Aveyron River. The origin of this vignoble is linked to the nearby Conques monastery, as it was the Monks who planted the first vines in the 9th Century.
In 1868, the phylloxera devastated the entire region and today, the whole appellation (AOC since 1989) totals a mere 170 hectares.
Jean-Luc Matha is genuinely passionate about his region and his vines. He has been farming his 16-ha vineyard, located on the high hills (400 to 550m alt.) overlooking the peaceful village of Bruejouls for the last 30 years. The soils are calcareous-clay with high iron contents (giving it a red colour) and the grape is the Fer Servadou (also called Mansois). Jean-Luc says he gets most of his inspiration by listening to the previous generations and by observing nature. He also loves innovation, he was the first grower to fully de-stem his harvest and he is generally the last vigneron to send his team out for the harvest, in order to gain maximum ripeness. This
conscientious work, the natural methods (in 2010, only 2 treatments were made) and the minimum interventionist attitude in the winery (Indigenous yeasts, low sulphites..) result in wines that truly reflect the terroir of Marcillac.
Cuvée Lairis (100% Fer Servandou) is a delicious, albeit unusual wine which undergoes 28 days maceration in closed tanks. The nose has profound notes of cassis and elderberry with slatey/minerally hints. Lovely roundness, black berry-fruitiness on the palate underpinned by a vivid and refreshing acidity. Best served on the cool side and ideal with charcuterie and tapas.
‘ … The sanguine wines of Marcillac remind us that less is more, the delicious gutsy-savoury wines of the Aveyron and Gaillac are a million miles away from the ramped up international cuvées lying inertly in their oak coffins surrounded by their trove of competition medals. The former get the juices flowing; the others clog our arteries. Wine does not have to be pretentious to be interesting; when we drink Marcillac we believe that simplicity is an under-rated virtue.’