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Les Foulards Rouges – La Soif de Mal Blanc


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Vintage: 2019
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Viticulture: Practicing organic
Grape Variety: 40% Macabeu, 30% Garnacha Blanca, and 30% Muscat

A crisp and clean low-intervention white blend from winemaker Jean-François Nicq. Each grape variety brings its own gift to the party. Macabeu adds notes of honeydew melon and lime, while Garnacha Blanca brings lemon and honeysuckle notes. The addition of Muscat perfumes the nose with wildflowers and white grape aromas.

Song: Steal My Sunshine by Len

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After having vinified from 1989 to 2001 for the cellar of the winemakers of Estezargues (Côtes du Rhône), Jean-François Nicq bought with a childhood friend Bijan Mohamadi (math teacher at the faculty of Montpellier), a wine estate in the Eastern Pyrenees. They will baptize it “field of the red scarves”, a memory of their militant pasts and in homage to Frederic Fajardie, author of neorealist thriller and of a humanist revolutionary saga “the red scarves”.

This is how the estate was created on January 1, 2002. The choice of organic and natural is essential as a continuation of the experience of the Estezargues cellar. The vines are converted to AB from the 1st year and the vinification is natural, or without input if possible (indigenous yeast, no sulfur, neither filtration nor fining). Bottling is done manually and by gravity (no pump). The 9ha estate in 2002 grew following a few plantations and a few additional rents.

It currently has an area of ​​15ha and produces 30,000 bottles year after year.

From the beginning the soils have been worked in order to restore the microbial life essential for natural wine making. Sheep manure and organic fertilizer are added each year to increase soil organic matter levels. The plowing is done mainly with the tractor, but for 5 years now 20% of the vines have been worked by animal traction. A young “Uma” mule was acquired for this purpose in 2009.