Dangerously refreshing. This is Syrah and Grenache with a touch of Carignan. Unfined, unfiltered joy.
Located in the remote Languedoc village of Puimisson, outside of any appellation and surrounded by farmers that sell their anaemic crops to the local co-operative, Jean-Francois (‘Jeff’) Coutelou has long been a beacon of natural winemaking. Taking over the estate from his father, Mas Coutelou was officially certified organic in 1987, when only 200 hectares in the Hérault department were farmed this way (today 20,000ha are organic). In the following years, Jeff reduced his area under vine from 20ha to around 13ha, replacing some vineyards with olive groves and other plants to increase biodiversity. The varieties Jeff grows are all southern French, and part of the estate has been turned into a nursery of forgotten indigenous grapes (rarities such as Castets, Servant, Picardin, and obscure clones of Muscat). Today, Jeff is renowned as being one of the most dedicated viticulturists in France, and young winemakers come from all over Europe to visit him and learn about his methods in both vineyard and winery. (KA+Co)