Frederic Cossard "Version Sud" Grenache Vin de France 2020
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Direct Press Selection | March 2022
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Frederic Cossard is known as one of the best producers of natural wine in Burgundy. Not only is he going against the grain in one of the most historic wine regions in the world, he came from a family of dairy farmers, not winemakers, making his success even more notable.
In addition to his Burgundy vines, he also buys some fruit from the south of France. This Grenache comes from the Vaucluse, an area 15 miles east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at the base of Mont Ventoux. Juicy, dark, brambly aromas with some gamey notes, pine, and orange juice. The plump fruit is met with spicy, tingly elements and and earthy texture. Some of you had the 2019 when we had it on our shelves last spring, and this vintage is less funky and a little darker. But it doesn’t sacrifice anything over the previous vintage, it just elevates it to another level. It’s an impressive zero-sulfur wine we were very excited to grab for our Direct Press members. This really shows the ability of Grenache to be deep and playful at the same time. [Jonathan Kemp, February 2022]