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2020 Jérôme Jouret 'L'Ivraie' Viognier Ugni Blanc
Jerome Jouret is a humble vigneron located in the Southern Ardèche (Southwest France) where he and his wife Stéphanie organically farm 12 hectares of close-planted vines on the steep, stony lopes of the Vallée de l’Ibie. Since leaving his local co-op in 2006, Jérôme has gained a lot of attention for producing wines quite unlike his neighbours – aromatic, fresh, juicy and low in alcohol. Carbonic maceration is a theme found in all of his wines.
Jérôme’s vineyards are on predominately clay and limestone soils. They are all worked organically, plowed manually by hand even and have never seen any synthetic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or systemic fungicides since being planted in the 80s. All his wines are wild fermented, unadjusted, unfiltered, unfined (vegan), and with no added sulphites. While these are 'zero-zero', truly natural wines, they are beautiful, clean, and well-made and can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone.
L'Ivraie ('leave-ray') is a blend of Viognier and Ugni Blanc, a popular varierty often found in Cognac and Armagnac, further North in France. The wine is luscious and incredibly floral - beautiful white flowers, apricot and vanilla on the nose - while remaining taut and fresh on the palate. A great wine to sit back and contemplate.