Place: Saint Remy-du-Provence — Provence, FRA
Variety: Aramon, Malaga, Cinsault, Alicante, Cabernet, Grenache
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.
A blend of six grape varieties (including hybrids) from a 65-year-old vineyard in St Remy du Provence. This is one of the fresher, brighter wines from Bastien. Red fruits abound, elegance and finesse. Sans sulphur.