Domaine du Possible 'Le Fruit du Hasard' 2014
Wine: Domaine du Possible 'Le Fruit du Hasard'
Region: Côtes du Roussillon
Winemaker Loïc Roure makes small lots of fruit-driven wines that retain a distinct minerality and sense of place through natural winemaking in Southern France's Côtes du Roussillon. He grows mostly carignan and grenache, though small plantings of syrah, mourvedre, grenache gris and macabeau exist. Most of the wines are at least partcially foot trodden in lieu of pressing for juice, and the rest if not all the grapes are thrown in whole cluster to undergo semi-carbonic maceration. All of his wines have nicknames, cheeky euphemisms and clever nods to French culture. 'Le fruit du hasard' translates most closely to "coincidence." There's gotta be a story there, but I don't know what it is. One of my other favorites of his is the 'C'est pas la mer à boire' which I wrote about nearly a year and a half ago.
These wines are juicy and earthy and interesting and easy. They're everything you could want in a friend, a lover, and a wine. The Domaine du Possible 'Le fruit du hasard' 2014 is 100% carignan and, as mentioned above, partially foot-stomped, partially whole cluster fermented. Both of those processes heavily influence the overall texture of the wine: velvet. Beautiful bright red fruit, iron and earth with luscious velvety tannins and long, satisfying finish. It's a mid-week afternoon picnic wine, grass between the toes, lucid dreaming, and nowhere to be.