Domaine Flo Busch
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Grenache, Carignan
Languedoc, France

Montpeyroux. A medieval village, a view of the Allier Valley, and Domaine Flo Busch. The adventure began in spring 2018 when Flo and Paola found themselves within the idyllic landscape and terroir of AOC Terrasses du Larzac, surrounded by a forest of wild laurel. From the beginning, biodynamic farming was second nature. Son of Clemens Busch and an oenology student, Flo knew the benefits of natural wine. 5 hectares for vines, two for the aromatic, medicinal plants which Paola grows for herbal teas and essential oils: her Fleurs de Garrigu.As is often the case, the best discoveries happen by chance and Flo was exploring and absorbing winemaking when he met Paolo in 2016 and decided to root himself in Languedoc. Enter exciting, energetic wines with dedication to life close to nature, and future plans for new vineyards and adventurous grape varieties!

This bottle combines Grenache and Carignan, the former harvested at the end of August and the latter in late September. These are 30-40 year old vines growing at around 90 metres and pruned with the Gobelet technique – a traditional method for the area which protects the grapes from a harsh sun. It’s an area dominated by limestone, sandstone and river pebbles seared with quartz. Two week maceration, ten months in old wood barriques, minimal sulphites, then bottled unfiltered. A regular pump-over or ‘remontages’ is engaged, where fermenting must from the bottom of the barrel is pumped to the surface in order to submerge the ‘chapeau’ or cap of grape skins. What does this do? Increases the extraction of tannins and leads to balanced structure and a beautiful colour. With an initial waft of elderberry and blackberry, this bottle quickly develops into juicy cherries and a little sloe. Silky smooth with an irresistible grip. It might just be me, but can you detect the fragrant scrub flowers? Drink this one at 16-18°, with light meat dishes or cassoulet.

This wine is part of
Volume 38: The Refined Edition