NV Pierre Rousse 'Brindezingue' White Blend
85% Mauzac (2021), 15% Chardonnay (2016) (Languedoc)
Direct press of whole clusters. Chardonnay blended directly with Mauzac following pressing to referment. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining, filtration or sulfur.
Pierre farms his 5 hectares (which he recently reduced to 1.5 in order to make way for new white varietals) in the west of the Languedoc region near the town of Limoux, on the Aude River. The soil is a mixture of limestone and clay, with a climate reflective of both Mediterranean and oceanic influences. A self-described “radical,” Pierre makes wine employing only the simplest of processes: all indigenous yeasts, no sulfur, no additives, no heat or refrigeration, no fining or filtration – no exceptions. Stainless steel as well as resin vats (which he uses for the advantage of their microporous element) allow the grapes and terroir to speak for themselves. In his own words, “100% grapes – c’est tout!”