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Domaine Ozil

Domaine Ozil, "Rochette" 2020

Domaine Ozil, "Rochette" 2020

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Producer Profile: 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 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.

Vinification: 100% Grenache Blanc. Grapes are hand-harvested before a direct-press in an old vertical press. The wine sees a very short élevage before being bottled unfined, unfiltered with no additional SO2.

Tasting: On the nose, lemon-lime creamsicle, green apple and a slightly nutty reduction. The palate is grassy and lemony with popping acidity. Textural and round, with a touch of tannin on the finish, this is an elegant white that would be a perfect companion to a simple roasted fish with a dash of butter and a squeeze of lemon. Serve cold. 

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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