Jerôme Benoit

Mas des Flauzieres, Cuvée Julien, Séguret 2020

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An intense concentration with a perfect balance of flavors, medium to full-bodied, ripe, sweetly fruited beauty with notes of white pepper, violette and light wooden spices, topped with blue, black and dark berries jams. Simply outstanding! Natural fermentation. Vegan wine: using only minerals (diatomaceous earth) for finning. Only Celerier's Cellar sells this wine in the USA.

20 to 30 years old
Certified HVE (sustainable agriculture). Pruning Gobelet for Syrah and Cordon de Royat for Grenache done by hand, all short for smaller yeild and bring more natural concentration. Cane shipped on site to turn into nautral fertilizer. Plowing both mechanical and by hand. Tying up, disbudding and leaves removal done by hand and adapted. No green harvest. Minimal to no intervention thanks to the heavy work done by hand and good aeration brought by Mistral wind. Hand and mechanical harvest.
Destemmed and pressed. Traditional maceration and natural acoholic fermentation with indigineous yeast for 21 days at 25°: cap-punching twice a day in open vats, daily pump over. Stactic settling. Malolactic fermentaion in 4-5-6 wine french oak barrels for 18 month. Clarified with diatomeus earth and bottled.
Red blend
Grenache 70%, Syrah 30%
1,400 cases
Rhône Valley
2020 belongs to a fantastic line of superb vintage, like 2015 through 2019. The winter 2019-2020 was warm, but the rain helped the plants replenished their reserve. March 2020 was hot and show signs of early blooming. Fortunately, Jérôme had just invested in two weather stations in 2018 and this investment paid off again: from mid-April until mid-June, In contrast to the sun-baked days, the region experienced cool nights to help regulate the vines temperatures and retain acidity. The slightly windy weather also helped reduce fungal disease pressure, leading to excellent sanitary conditions at harvest time. After this stress free spring came an outstanding summer. It was hot and dry to a point where it turned into a lasting drought. Since the plants and soils were loaded with water, they could sustain and make the best out of this challenging climate. Fruits reached pick maturity and a high level of concentration. A healthy, highly intense, and lush vintage: outstanding!
Southern Rhône Valley, France
Single plot terroir located at the highest altitude of Seguret AOP (480 meters). Rocky marl-limestone dry ideal for red wine.

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