Domaine Benjamin Taillandier - "Six Roses" VDF Rose 2021 750ml (11% ABV)
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Grape: Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan Vineyard Size: 1 hectare Soil: shist, clay, limestone, sand, marl Average Age of Vines: 30 years Farming: biodynamic Harvest: by hand. Winemaking: direct press, spontaneous fermentation in tanks Aging: 6 months in stainless steal Fining: none Filtration: none
Vegan friendly So2: 5 mg/L
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"After finishing winemaking school, Benjamin spent some time working in a conventional winery. In 2004, however, he met natural winemaker Jean-Baptiste Senat and began working with him in his cellar. He was influenced by Senat’s ideas and techniques. After his stage ended, he knew that he wanted to make his wine with a similar philosophy one day.
In 2007 he settled in his family’s hometown of Caunes-Minervois, which sits between the ancient city of Carcassone and The Montagne Noir. He purchased 5.7ha of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Terret Gris and began working it organically, eventually converting all of it over to biodynamics. Each year he added a plot to his estate and now he works 9.5 ha all by hand and now fully Ecocert certified. He also runs a terrific wine bar downtown called Cantine du Curé which is open during the summer tourist season.
Benjamin feels that many of the wines in the Minervois AOC are too concentrated and alcoholic, and works hard to make wines that, while full flavored, are lighter, fresher and lower in alcohol than most average wines from the Languedoc. Indeed, there is a level of liveliness in this wines that you seldom see in the wines of the region, Benjamin is happily introducing people to the concept of Minervois “vin de soif”.