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Domaine Ozil

Domaine Ozil, "Rancune" 2020

Domaine Ozil, "Rancune" 2020

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It says it on their label: Frangins - Vignerons. Brothers – Winegrowers. Jean-Daniel and Thomas Ozil are brothers who work together in the sort of south-central region of France known as the Ardèche, a rocky terrain southwest of Grenoble famous for its mountain forests and picturesque semi-continental woodlands that rise and fall with the steep and sudden shifts in elevation. Beyond the standout feature of the winemaking endeavor being one of ‘frangins / vignerons,’ what sets the Ozil operation apart is the fact that they tend to a whopping (for two people) 16 hectares of vines on a fifth generation polycultural farm; there is landed sustainability here, a phrase that in most cases would sound like an oxymoron, but the Ozil family has been at this for a while. They are not far from – in their words, ‘steps’ – natural landmarks of the Ardèche such as the Gorges de l’Ardèche and the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc-Cave. Their zero-zero wines have gotten better and better as the years have gone by – not a typical arc for loads of winemakers who will tell you their first vintage was their best – and are now working at a very high clip of producing profoundly lighthearted, fun, and crisp vins de soif reminiscent of some of the forested co-ferments of Axel Prüfer of Les Temps des Cerises and in the same tradition as a beacon of natural wine, Alain Castex of Les Vins du Cabanon.

100% Viognier from the Ardèche. Grapes are hand-harvested, direct pressed and fermented with wild yeasts. Unfined, unfiltered, with no added SO2. Aromatic, nutty, with an oxidative aroma, this is gorgeous, highly-gluggable rendition of Viognier. 

The Producer: Domaine Ozil

Nestled in the heart of Mas de Bourret, a quintessential Ardèche abode just a stone's throw from Vallon Pont d'Arc and a skip away from the Gorges de l'Ardèche and the Grotte Chauvet 2, the Ozil estate is a delightful blend of tradition and vineyard innovation. The cellar, carved into the rock beside the bread oven, the office ingeniously set up in the old pigsty, and the hayloft transformed into living quarters all narrate a rustic tale, harmoniously intertwined with nature. Enter the world of Thomas and Jean-Daniel, the dynamic duo of brothers and vintners, who extend to you a palette of natural and organic wines. Unearth the rich tapestry of their winemaking craft, where every sip is a playful ode to their shared passion and commitment to the land.

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