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Mas Coutelou Mourvedre 2016

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Importer Note:

A beauty as always, we don't ever get much of this (48 btl available this year) but it clearly a standout in the cellar whenever Jean-Francois decides to bottle it. I must confess a deep admiration for this grape, it is at once the heart of darkness but at the same time expressive, complex, sensual and satisfying. A variety with the capacity to age alongside the likes of Nebbiolo and Riesling yet it gets little love - time is what it needs, that is all. Put this one away and reap the rewards in years to come!

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Winery Note:

Jean Francois "Jeff" Coutelou quietly produces some of the finest quality and best value wines in the Languedoc and has lots of interest in his small production that sells out in an instant every year.

It is no wonder really as he makes wines full of brightness, freshness and vitality in a region where the vast majority of its wines are prone to flatness and dullness. His vines an oasis in a land of dreary viticultural continuity.

The domaine was established by his father in 1972 and has been run organically since 1987, "before this type of production became fashionable” says Jean Francois - with pride these days!

Mas Coutelou is located in Puimisson, a commune in the Hérault department of the Languedoc and to the east of Béziers. It's been a winemaking village for over 200 years and most of its soils are a mix of red clays and limestone.

Today Jean Francois farms 14 hectares of vines, as well as a few hundred olive trees that protect his vines from his neighbors farming methods.. His father planted the first vines back in 1966 and was one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in the Hérault, when there were just seven organic wine growers in the entire department, today the estate is registered with 'Nature et Progrès'.

The vines at Mas Coutelou are beautifully taken care of and all by hand. The estate is planted to Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre & Cinsaut for red wines and Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Blanc a Petite Grains & Viognier for the whites. He has recently planted some Grenache Gris, Macabeu, and grafted some Clairette musqué and Carignan Blanc.  

The vinification is meticulous and adapted every season; short or long maceration, carbonic maceration, punching down or pumping all depends on the vintage and variety. Jean-Francois in fact works at the Beziers University teaching wine-making so he is well adept to working 'hands off'. Selected yeasts have never been used and the use of SO2 is limited, or non-existent in some years when it is possible. The bottling is done at the estate, without filtration and by gravity, a final but very important mark of quality.   

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesNatural Wine
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Red Mourvedre Mataro & Monastrell

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