LVT 2018 r 2017 wh Andrea Calek is Czech, and one of the early Vin Nature followers of Gérald Oustric of Le Mazel nearby in the Ardèche, his interest in sulphur-free wines piqued by the Foillard, Lapierre group further north in the Beaujolais and the Loire. The wines are garagiste, emphasize fruit, and have a very loyal following; the Syrah is prominent, backed by Grenache and Merlot. The Babiole red - translated, it means a bauble - 2018 was a **** w.o.w. wine, naked and likeable, while the 2017 Blonde was another **** wine in 2017
LVT 2018 r Jérôme started in 1997, and was part of the Cave Co-operative de Ruoms until 2005. His first vintage was 2006. The 8 hectares of vineyards are organic, on clay-lmestone soils at 300 to 380 metres. The higher area soils are stony, lower down there are white clays; there can be a two week difference in their ripening. His grandfather worked a mixed farm, including almonds, goats, cows and vines, while his father Rémy moved it towards viticulture.
This is a zero added SO2 domaine with bouncy fruit in the wines – there is a range of around a dozen wines. In the complicated year of 2018, Jérôme’s Pas à Pas red [70% Carignan, 30% Alicante] was a **** w.o.w. wine. Jérôme states that he likes fluidity in his wines, not too much tannin.
LVT 2018 r 2018 wh A partnership that started in 2009, the wines IGP Ardèche for two vintages before all becoming Vin de France; Vincent is the third generation of viticulteurs in his family, attached to the Co-operative of Villeneuve-de-Berg. Manu’s family were not involved with wine, his grandfather has a small farm, just a few vines. They both went to work in the Alpilles, just south of Arles, in 1999-2000, with Vincent (who is 10 years younger than Manu) the chef de culture in the vineyards, and Manu in the cellar.
They stayed there for four years, and got going on their own account in 2009, when Manu found a small vineyard at Lussas; of its 10 hectares, three could be worked outside the Co-operative, the other 7 not. Vincent took out 2.5 ha of his family’s 13 ha, and they started with those 5.5 ha combined, with no building or cellar. They have planted vineyards since to total 13.5 hectares, split between the basalt soils of Lussas [7.3 ha] and the clay-limestone of Mirabel [6.2 ha], which stand east of Aubénas. The wines are well-fruited, and their 60% Merlot called La Reboule caught my attention, since it was one of the best Rhône Merlots I have tasted, its cause much aided by its macération carbonique fermentation: the 2018 was a **** w.o.w. wine