NICOLAS CARMARANS, Aveyron – Organic
Selves Blanc is Chenin, planted on steep slopes, and wild, like the countryside. The wines are as natural as nature – wild yeast fermented, unfined, unfiltered and only a touch of sulphur. This intense, mouthfilling wine stays in barrels on the lees for ten months. It is broad-beamed reflecting the warmth of the vintage – think ripe apples, cooked pastry and cinnamon.
Nicolas (Nico) Carmarans, restaurateur and vigneron, has vines in planted on the decomposed granites high in the northern Aveyron. For many years Nicolas ran the delightful wine bar in Paris called Café de la Nouvelle Mairie. It, as its name suggests, is a meeting place where people go to sip on good wines, eat interesting food and solve the problems of the world. He sold it to concentrate on his vineyard in the Aveyron in south west France where he makes stunningly delicious natural wines from local grape varieties such as Fer Servadou and Negret de Banhars. As he says himself “I want to make wines that I like to drink”.