Damien Bonnet inherited the 10Ha Domaine de Brin estate in 2008 where previously his father used to make wines for the local cooperative. He champions indigenous Gaillac grape varieties with excellent results.
Fully biodynamic and observes biodiversity in the vineyard. All harvesting is by hand, only wild yeast fermentations are carried out, and minimal if any sulphur is used only at the bottling stage. There is an ongoing programme of weeding of the rows and working of the soil between the vine stock, reflecting Damien's commitment to the health of his vineyards.
The Vendemiabottling is a blend of Duras 80% and Merlot 20% grown on calcareous-clay soils with south facing aspect at 285m altitude.
A natural fermentation of around 15 days is carried out with manual pigeage to encourage the extraction of colour, tannin and flavours. This is followed by maturing for 18 months of the wine in vat with no sulphur. Natural clarifying without fining agents prior to bottling without filtration. Very low level of sulphur used at bottling.
The nose delivers plums and blackcurrants, freshly turned soil and dried herbs. The palette follows nicely, framed by polished tannins and a bracing acidity. Spice, earth, smoke and coffee bean linger on a long fresh finish. Some depth.
Pair with grilled lamb, charcuterie, pâtes, beef stew.
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