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.
2020 La Ferme Viticole 'Beaux Plaisir' Rouge
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.
2020 La Ferme Viticole 'Novesque' Rouge
Fruit comes from the village of Noves. Equal parts Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon full-bodied but not heavy, we drink this slightly chilled alongside BBQ meats and vegetables in the sunshine. Sans sulphur.
2020 La Ferme Viticole 'Resistance!' Rouge
Produced from two vineyards – Noves and Chateaurenard. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carignan and a hint of Merlot. A powerful, structured, full-bodied red that benefits for a small decant before drinking. Sans sulphur.