Domaine Padié - Milouise - 2014
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Region: Languedoc Roussillon
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Varieties: Majority: Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu. Minority: Carignan Blanc, Clairette, Tourbat, Muscat Petit Grains, Muscat d'Alexandrie.
Jean-Philippe Padié grew up in Bourgogne, but his roots lie in the south-west where his grandparents lived. It was there that he first tasted the wines of Plageoles, which inspired him years later to make wine. He studied in Montpellier and in 2001 moved to Calce to work with Gauby where he was cellar master. He acquired his first vines and founded his own estate in 2003; today he exploits a real mosaique of more than 30 small parcels of vines over 14 hectares.
Calce, though tiny with just 200 inhabitants, is quite a dynamic village, being home to the likes of Gauby, Matassa, Horizon and Pithon. Pretty much everyone has worked with Gauby at one time and it’s fascinating to see how each vigneron expresses himself after that experience from similar land. Calce is just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean and 15 km from Perpignan in this Catalan corner of France. The name Calce refers to the chalk mineral content of the soil. There’s schist and clay, too.
Padié is young, curious, humorous, modest and kind; and passionate about making small-scale, high quality wines from his exceptional terroir. He practises organic and biodynamic viticulture, making wines from extremely low yields and old vines. He makes the wine in a small cellar underneath the family house right in the centre of the village opposite the rather excellent local cafe which serves an impressive selection of wines from the village. He uses only wild yeasts, no additives and no sulphur until bottling, in a mix of tanks, old and new barrels of different sizes; in short, very naturally. The wines aren’t obvious fruit bombs, as are so many Roussillon wines, but very distinctively crafted, with relatively low alcohol levels and gorgeous purity of fruit and mineral concentration as well as brilliantly refreshing.
The Cuvée name comes from Jean-Philippe's grand-parents Milou and Louise. A brilliant follow up to the one off 5+5 as it turns out, this Grenache Gris dominant, foudre made and aged wine made from very low yielding old biodynamically farmed vines is simply awesome. It possesses a mere 12.16% alcohol and brilliant acidity, but is also extraordinarily intense, rich and complex.
Very simply made in stainless steel tank after a very light crushing and very long pressing before settling. Using wild yeasts, no additives, no sulfites until a touch at bottling and minimal temperature control. It was moved to small 2007 foudres to finish fermentation and to age for 4 months in order to gain complexity through gentle oxidation.
There's a kaleidoscope of aromas including lemon, mandarin, peach, apple, melon, butter, cream, vanilla, mineral, white pepper, toast, Provençal herb, chestnut... The palate is rich and rounded but all the fat is cut through by very fine, smooth crystal acidity. Beautiful!