2021 Ocre Rouge "Blanc de Noirs"

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Domaine de l'Ocre Rouge was started by Aymeric and Marceline Beaufort. Aymeric is the son of iconic Champagne vigneron Andre Beaufort. Rather than split the duties at his family winery with his five siblings, Aymeric decided from a young age that he would strike out on his own. In his last year in agronomy school he did an internship at Roederer Estates in California; an experience he says allowed him to see how Champagne-style wine could be made in a sunny Mediterranean climate. His search for affordable, high-potential vineyards landed him near Nîmes, in the eastern Languedoc, where ten hectares of untamed, red ochre clay soils (thus the name Ocre Rouge) were available. Marceline says everyone thought they were crazy, and maybe still do, but their consistently beautiful wines prove otherwise. This Blanc de Noirs is a new wine for them. Marceline was inspired by the soft, fragrant white wines of Alsace to create a similar cuvée from her red grapes. It's direct press pinot noir and grenache fermented without temperature control in neutral foudre. All their wines are raised in wood, a process they believe prepares the wine for a long life without the use of much additional sulfur. After resting for one month the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. Pair this versatile, subtle, rosy white with roast chicken, fresh pasta with garlic and anchovies, or washed rind cheese.
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