Place: Saint Remy-du-Provence — Provence, FRA
Variety: Syrah, Carignan
We were first introduced to Bastien Boutareaud four years ago by our mutual great friend: Brendan Keys (BK Wines) of Adelaide Hills notoriety. Like many great producers, Bastien was first a sommelier for more than ten years. His work took him on many trips through France and internationally (including Australia).
The ‘Garage’ wine he was producing soon graduated to a fledging commercial operation, albeit still very small, and in 2017 ‘La Ferme Viticole’ (The Wine Farm) was born. Bastien organically farms three unique sites, totalling a minuscule 2.5ha. The farming is undertaken organically, using horse and hoe and manual labour and no additives are added in the winery whatsoever. Likewise everything is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The most serious of Bastien's wines, this is full-bodied and densely structured Syrah/Carignan that demands protein to latch onto. Juicy, fleshy dark fruit is interwoven with earthy tones and 'garrigue', the mountain herb character that runs through all terroir-driven wines of Provence. Clean, precise and pure, it is remarkably bottled with no sulfur at any stage.