Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2015

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SOUTHERN RHONE M uch like the surrounding villages of the region, most of the wines were largely unknown, bottled as Cotes du Rhone. As the popularity of Chateauneuf du Pape spread over the last 20 years, both consumers and growers began to wonder why a higher standard of wine could not be produced throughout the entire region. This brings to Jérôme Bressy and Gourt de Mautens. Jérôme Bressy grew up in a family of grape growers, who would sell their entire production to the local cooperative. However, in 1989 his father decided to switch to organic farming. This decision gave Jérôme the perfect raw materials he needed to realize his dream. In 1996, at the age of 23, Jérôme became the first winemaker of the family and began bottling their entire production; Gourt de Mautens was born. Now, almost two decades later, Jérôme Bressy is considered the premier producer within the appellation. The vines, at ages between 40–100-years-old, sit on steep terraced slopes and on hillside vineyards, with soils made up of chalky, clay marls, which aids in both water retention and adding the mineral thrust found throughout the entire lineup at Gourt de Mautens. Here, everything is done by hand, and Jérôme took his father's vision a step further by switching to full biodynamic farming since 2008. The result is a wine of balanced intensity made primarily from old vine Grenache yet complemented by a mix of other indigenous Rhone varieties. It takes hold of your palate with noticeable grip and then delivers masses of dark, saturating fruit in return, yet never losses its balance and poise. ✦ domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jerome Bressy) Rasteau 2009 wA 96 » $65 "...Full-bodied power, massive, yet sweet tannin and blockbuster levels of depth and richness..." (1413045) an eMerging icon oF The souThern rhone It was only in 2010 that the Rasteau appellation, located roughly 15 miles northeast of Chateauneuf du Pape, was ofcially given AOC status.

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