2019 Domaine la Taupe Bruno, Bert & Co11199
REGION: Loire Valley, FR
VITICULTURE: Certified Biodynamic
WINEMAKER: Bertjan & Nicole Mol
100% Côt, from young vines, grown on clay and limestone. Short 6 day maceration, then transferred to old barrels to age for 10 months. Zero SO2.
Bertjan Mol was born and raised in the Netherlands. In 1999 on a trip to France, he tasted his first natural wine. It was a revelation, and led him to create Bruutwijn, one of the first companies in the Netherlands to import natural wines. As things progress in the way they do, Bert decided he wanted to have a go at making wine himself. Aware that Bruno Allion (whose wines he imported) was looking to retire, he proposed an offer, and Bruno agreed to sell him a portion of his Domaine. Bert, his wife Nicole and their family moved to the Loire, and began working in the vineyards in 2017. Bruno helped them along the way, and 2018 was their first solo vintage.
They continue to work as Bruno did, as naturally as possible. This means biodynamic farming (certified by Demeter), and hands off in the cellar. The wines are fermented spontaneously on their indigenous yeasts, which is often long and slow due to the cold cellar conditions. No additives are used, including SO2. There is no fining or filtration, and the wines are bottled by gravity. These are the truest of natural wines that are alive in every sense, and are a direct representation of the terroir and the year that was.