Joe Jefferies left Warwickshire and went to the South of France to help his Dad do up a house. He met a girl, fell in love and never looked back. Influenced by his new winemaker friends, Remi Poujol and Bernard Bellahsen of Domaine Fontedicto, he decided to try his hand with the grape, taking over his stepdads Grenache Blanc vines and finding other north-facing vineyards around his home town of Caux.
The vineyards all sit on the plateau of an old volcano, with vineyards rich in basalt and in an increasingly warm climate Joe still manages to find freshness in his wines. All of the wines are produced with zero additions, no fining or filtering and he gives the wines the time they need before releasing them.
This release is is 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Cinsault & 20% Carigan blend. The Grenache is given a gentle two week whole bunch maceration, the Carignan & Cinsault are then infused in the juice of the Grenache for 5 days. It gives a very bright lush style full of dark fruit and soft velvety tannins, freshness and minerality from the basalt soils.
The Brutal! wine labels came about from a drunken night in Catalunya by Danish importers Roskorth & Roskorth. They wanted zero-zero wines (nothing added or removed) that had a production level of less than 200 bottles and an intrinsic flaw or technical wine fault that made the wine's character more exciting in the glass. More information can be found at http://rosforth.dk/content/brutal
Joseph Jefferies - Brutal! 2018
Name Brutal! Producer Joseph Jefferies Style Red Country France Region Calc, Languedoc Vintage 2018 Grape 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Cinsault & 20% Carigan ABV % 13 SO2 None added Production Organic (not certified). Natural fermentation. Unfined. Unfiltered. Vegan. Tasting notes Bramble + Funky + Mineral
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