More Organic Wines – These from France
- July 25, 2021
Organic wine from the Rhone Valley
As well as our selection of organic wines from Milazzo in Agrigento in Sicily, we will be offering two new sets of organic wines on our next list. The Arnoux winery in Vacqueyras has a history of winemaking going back to 1717. They have recently created a line of organic wines from the Vacqueyras, Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations. The grapes all grow in special parcels of organically-treated vines. Their regular Vacqueyras wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, On the other hand, the organic Vacqueyras uses Grenache – 80% – and Syrah grapes only. The wine spends about 6 months in oak barrels.
Côtes du Rhône Villages is the second largest appellation in the Rhône wine region after Côtes du Rhône itself. Red and rosé wines of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation should consist of at least 50% Grenache supplemented by Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. In this case, the proportions are 70%, 25% and 5% of these grapes respectively. The vines grow on predominantly clay soil but in the presence of galets roulés or rolled pebbles. These stones help ripening of the fruit by absorbing daytime heat to release it at night.
Their third organic wine comes from grapes from the scree slopes of the Ventoux mountains. The blend in this case is 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 10% Syrah. After traditional vinification techniques, this wine spends some additional time in steel tanks on the lees to add a touch of further interest to the palate.
For those interested in the sulfite contents of wine, biological or organic wine undergoes formal testing. Lovers of organic wine will be delighted to hear that the sulfite content for the 2018 Vacqueyras vintage was measured at 62mg/L while that of the Ventoux was a mere 52mg/L. This compares with a content of 150mg/L for a conventional red wine.
Drinking, pairing and keeping
Deep garnet in appearance there are aromas of fruits, red berries and hints of prunes, cherries or blackberries. Full-bodied and well-structured they all have a splendid and lengthy finish. They will all be enjoyable with red meats in sauce, stews and grilled meats. They will all pair well with poultry and cheeses too. These lovely wines should keep for 5-8 years.
Our next post will be about forthcoming organic wines from Catalunya in Spain.