Olivier Coste Mourvedre Illegal Vin de France 2020

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Olivier Coste Mourvedre Illegal Vin de France 2020

Country - France

Region - Vin de France

Grape Varieties - Mourvèdre 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Olivier Coste

Tasting notes - A full bodied and rich wine with dark fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant, layered with spice and a touch of black pepper. Beautifully balanced with a fresh palate and a long, fruit-driven finish.

Olivier Coste Mourvedre Illegal Vin de France 2020

A juicy and smooth wine with dark fruit aromas of
blackberry and blackcurrant, layered with violets and a
touch of black pepper and wild herbs.
Producer Note
Since his childhood, Olivier Coste's favourite place to play was in the vineyards and the
wine cellar at his family’s wine estate, which was founded in 1701 in Pézenas. With this
upbringing, he developed a passion for nature, the Languedoc region and southern
French wines. The vineyards are located a few kilometres from Pézenas where the
Mediterranean Sea asserts its influence on the vines. The estate is certified HVE3, which
complements the family’s existing ‘Carbon Neutral’ approach. They reduce their CO2
emissions, keeping them to a minimum and offset the rest by financing ecological
initiatives, including projects in India. Olivier’s (OC)riginal Stars range has been created
for those who appreciate a modern, fresh and fruity varietal wine and is complemented
by quirky packaging.
Vintage
2020 was a vintage filled with excellent weather conditions. The dry and mild winter was
compensated for by a very rainy spring, which replenished water reserves and
facilitated flowering and fruit development. The warm and dry summer, followed by
good weather during harvest time allowed for superb maturation of the fruit. The 2020
wines are of very high quality.
Vineyard
This wine comes from a small two hectare appellation, which is revered for the intense
and concentrated wines it produces. However, it is produced from Mourvèdre, a grape
variety which is not allowed under the appellation law of this tiny appellation, hence its
name ‘Illégal'’, thus it is labelled as ‘Vin de France’. The 32-year old vines are planted
on a south-facing plot; as Mourvèdre is a late ripening variety, it needs full sun to reach
optimum maturity. It is grown in schist soils, which provides drainage to create deep
roots and water reserves for the vines and results in freshness and minerality in the wine.
The vines are trained on wire trellises on the Double Royat system, which with two
overlapping branches, promotes the maximum sap distribution in the vines. They are
spaced at 2x2 metres to offer height and a larger foliage surface area, promoting
good conditions for grape maturation. The fruit is hand-harvested in the cool of the
night to preserve freshness and quality.
Winemaking
The grapes were carefully selected, 100% destemmed and macerated for three weeks
to extract aromas, colour and tannins. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in
temperature controlled vats, with regular pump-overs to enhance the aromatic
expression. The wine was matured in concrete vats for eighteen months without the
influence of oak, allowing the purity of fruit to be fully expressed.
Tasting Note
A soft and approachable wine with dark fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant,
layered with spice and a touch of black pepper. Beautifully balanced with a fresh
palate and a long, fruit-driven finish.
Grape
Mourvèdre 100%
Winemaker: Olivier Coste
Region: Vin de France
Country: France
Alcohol: 13%

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