Domaine de Brau 'Pure' Pinot Noir
Sourced from young vines planted on a free draining north facing site. Fermented with natural yeasts. As with all the wines in Brau's 'Pure' range, there is no oak ageing to allow the true flavours of the grape express themselves. Richly flavoured southern French Pinot Noir offering a heady panoply of black and red fruit aromas - plum, blackberry, morello cherry with a hint of wild herb. Ample and rounded with excellent depth of flavour and fine persistence. Sculpted, ripe tannins provide a perfect mantle to the ripeness of the fruit. Best served with meat and poultry dishes as well as stronger flavoured cheeses.
88 Points, The Wine Gang, 'Vintage Roots is on the same vintage as it was a year ago and it's at least as good now as it was then. That's not something you would necessarily expect of Languedoc Pinot Noir, but the Brau Pinot vineyards are cool enough to bring out the variety's freshness, elegance and fragrant wild strawberry and red berry fruit.' May 2015 (2012 vintage)
Bronze Medal - Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 (2012 vintage) - 'Cranberries, blueberries and pomegranate, this has a light savoury streak, and is soft and juicy,' said Andrea Briccarello of Galvin Restaurants. 'Very characterful,' added team leader Nigel Lister.
Domaine de Brau
Comprising 40 hectares of vines, this charming estate to the north of Carcassonne and backing on to the Montagnes Noires is owned and run by Gabriel & Wenny Tari. They have reorganised the vineyards so that they are now perfectly framed by the natural constraints of wild scrubland to the north and the river to the south. The soils are composed of calcareous sandstone and loamy - chalky marls limited in depth by sandstone rocks. The climate is essentially Mediterranean, moderated by the Atlantic influence. According to Gabriel & Wenny "organic farming is not just a matter of doing nothing and watching the weeds grow. It is also watching the weeds grow. And it is observing in order to try to understand." The aim is to be custodians of a living soil, nourished by compost.
All vines have been organically certified since 1989. The vineyards comprise as many as 15 grape varieties - some more obscure and locally specialised such as Fer Servadou & Egiodola! With their mosaic of soils and their large family of grape varieties the Tari's produce a wide range of wines including, Vins de France, IGP Pays' d'Oc varietals as well as an excellent AOP Cabardes. The well-equipped cellar allows for detail, ensuring that all the careful handling and meticulous attention to dedication that is lavished on the grapes is reflected in the finished wines, allowing them to express perfectly their natural personalties.