2016 Papillon d'Orphee IGP Cotes du Tarn Rouge, 750ml

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A medium-bodied, dry red with a balance of fruit and tannin. This wine is 100% Braucol, a native southwestern French variety also called Fer Servadou. Though the vines are in Gaillac he doesn't use the appellation name isn't used as the winemaker disapproves of the regulations. The farming is all biodynamically done, working the vineyards largely by hand. Native yeast fermentation is done and the wine is bottled unfiltered with a very low addition of sulfites. 

From the mouth of the importer (Selection Massale):

"Stéphane Lucas lives on his tiny estate (.77 hectares total) within the Gaillac AOC of Southwest France. He works with the local grape, Braucol (also known as Fer Servadou), and is deeply committed to farming organically, though not certified, as well as employing biodynamic treatments. He has even begun experimenting with natural products such as essential oils and algae. All herbicides and pesticides are avoided, with all vineyard and soil work being done by hand or with a small tractor. Legumes and grains are planted between the rows each fall after harvest to aid soil health and protect against erosion. Everything is harvested by hand with extensive sorting in the vineyards as to only harvest healthy, ripe grapes."

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