Domaine Possible C'est pas la mer à boire
Wine: Domaine du Possible 'C'est pas la mer à boire'
Region: Côtes du Roussillon
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre
It's been so long since I've checked in here it might look like I've abandoned my readers altogether. The truth is I've been crazy busy with my freelance writing business and by the end of the day I have little energy left to devote to writing, or screen time. It's definitely a good problem to have, though I do feel a little guilty about neglecting my beloved Pig&Vine. How fitting that the wine I've chosen this week - C'est pas la mer à boire - is a French idiom that translates to "it's not the sea to drink," meaning, "no worries, it's no big deal."
I found this gem in Nashville a few weeks ago and was drawn to the labeling (yes, sometimes I buy wine based on the label - and conversely turn my nose up to unsavory ones), but also the domaine name - Domaine du Possible. Young vigneron-winemaker Loïc Roure established his organic 2.5 hectares, which he has since expanded into 10.5 hectares, in Côtes du Roussillon in the south of France, near the Spanish border, after leaving a promising career with Amnesty International (a desk job), and then abandoning his original idea to open a wine bar/retail store/restaurant. Once he decided making wine was his future, he apprenticed with several wineries across France, including the prestigious Thierry Allemand in Cornas. His passion grew alongside his knowledge and, indeed, the dream became completely possible. You can read more about Loïc and his path here.
Loïc is one of many newcomers to the region who have bought up small parcels of grenache, syrah, carignan and mourvedre vineyards with the goal to farm organically and to make honest, natural wines. Loïc is not a fanatic, but he uses very small amounts of sulfur, only when needed, and allows the wines to ferment without added yeast or other additives. Most of the wines are made with a combination of traditional foot trodden and whole bunch carbonic maceration. The result, at least in this bottle, is a nuanced, feminine wine with bright acidity, soft tannins and the right amount of game, earth, and red berry fruit to make you cheer. (I did.)
Domaine du Possible "C'est pas la mer à boire" 2011 is from 43 year old vines farmed organically on schist soil. Hints of earth play under red berry fruits with beautiful acidity. Imported by Louis/Dressner (another reason I grabbed up this little gem).