Jean-Louis’s cellar is in Moulin-Neuf, near the area he grew up, around Gaillac/Limoux of the Southwest of France. Furthering this ‘play between forces’ that his wines exhibit, the literal geographic range of his bottlings similarly straddle two halves: Sud-Ouest (Gaillac/Limoux) and the Languedoc. And so, the expert micro-négociant of Es D’Aqui is a winemaker who, quite literally & figuratively, must finally negotiate between what’s faithful and what’s free, what’s of this place and what’s of this other place, what is precise and what is universal. These are special wines near and dear to our hearts, emblematic of some of the best conceptual work of natural wine though maybe more importantly beyond all this headiness is the deliciousness of his bottlings. They’re just damn good.
Vinification: Purchased from organic and biodynamic vineyards in the South of France. This is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre and muscat, all vinified separately before blending. Unfined, unfiltered, no SO2.