Julien Peyras is an incredibly talented winemaker working in the Languedoc near the village of Paulhan which lies just a short drive north-east of Beziers.
All of his wines are equally delicious, however a couple of his offerings really caught our attention. First, he is a master of rose and his Rose Bohême is one of the freshest and most delicious we have ever tasted.
Then we tried his delicious aged white wine made from Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne and we were equally impressed.
And finally when we tried his Gourmandise made from Cinsault which was picked from vines that are over forty years old and came to the conclusion that we liked everything he makes.
His vines are planted on terraces that are strewn with rocks and clay from the Villefranchian epoch which was the most recent epoch of the Tertiary period, just before the start of the Quaternary period.
And there is an added bonus of zero added sulphur! Julien is a member of the small, but very active and dedicated, S.A.I.N.S. group that are committed to using no sulphur at all during the winemaking process. He is also a member of the Association des Vins Naturels.
Julien Peyras Vin de France Rose Bohême
This deep pink, delicious rosé is comprised of Grenache and Mourvedre two of the most popular reds grapes used in the Languedoc.
The age of the Grenache is 35 years and the Mourvedre is slightly younger at 30 years. The yield from the vines is quite low at 30 hectolitres per hectare, but this means that there is more flavour concentrated in the grapes.
The skins were macerated for about 12 hours to extract the colour to a medium pink colour. The result is a juicy, deeply-flavoured and enticing rose of considerable charm.
The wine has been neither filtered nor fined and was bottled by gravity.
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Julien Peyras Vin de France L'Inattendu
L'Inattendu is aptly called 'the unexpected' because it is a complex assemblage of the juice from three different grape varieties that have all been treated in a different way. The main actor in this exciting drama is one of our favourite southern grapes, Clairette which comprises 50% of the blend. This grape is capable of delivering great wines in the hands of a skilled winemaker and that is definitely the case here.
The skins of the Clairette were macerated for two weeks - we think a perfect amount of time to extract the anthocyanins from the skin of the grapes to give a lovely, light orange hue to the wine, but not too long which leads to the extraction of harsh tannins.
At the same time Roussanne and Grenache Blanc were directly pressed and started fermenting in old barrels. When the maceration of the Clairette was completed the juice from the Roussanne and the Grenache Blanc was transferred to the must of the Clairette and the Clairette was transerred to the old barrel!
This has produced an exceptionally complex orange wine that has no harsh overtones and still has vibrant fresh fruit flavour. This is an intriguing wine which can be drunk as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to food.
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Julien Peyras Vin de France Les Copains d'Abord 2015
This year we have received stocks of a special white wine that Julien has crafted from Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. The Clairette provides elegance and length, the Grenache Blanc provides structure and the Roussanne contributes its characteristic full-bodied fruitiness. All of the grapes come from small parcels near the village of Villefranche where the soils are limestone mixed with white and pink quartz.
This is an amazing wine where the minerality shines through and the quality of the wine is marked by the long, lingering and delicious finish.
Julien Peyras Vin de France Gourmandise 2015
The Gourmandise is comprised of 100% Cinsault from 40 year old vines which have been raised on clay and limestone soils then made into an easy-drinking wine. We are particularly impressed with this release! It took a while to settle but when we tasted it recently we were delighted with the result so decided that we should release it now.
The grapes were picked by hand, as all of Julien's grapes are, and then carefully sorted before undergoing natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
This is a fresh, lively, juicy, young red wine that is drinking beautifully right now.
Julien Peyras Vin de France Costefere 2015
Costefere is a blend of Syrah and Carignan (with twice as much Syrah as Carignan) with the age of the Syrah being around 30 years and the Carignan around an astounding 70 years.
The yield from the old Carignan is a low, low 15 hectolitres per hectare making the juice very, very concentrated.
The wine is fermented naturally and then transferred to three year old 400 litre barrels that have rid themselves of the wood chemicals such as lignins, where it matures for 18 months.
Very little of this wine is produced so we are lucky to have our small allocation.
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Julien Peyras Vin de France Lo Tarral
The Lo Tarral, which is the Occitan name of the local north wind that blows down from the hinterland mountains behind Montpellier is made from the trinity favoured in this area, namely Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. The yield for the Syrah is a low 30 hectolitres per hectare and for the Carignan and Grenache is a miniscule 15 hectolitres per hectare thus producing a wine of intense concentration.
These grapes are vinified separately in stainless steel containers with pigeage (punch down) occurring daily. The wines are then matured in separate containers. They are blended together just before bottling.
This is a delicious, earthy and interesting red wine with strength and wonderful heady aromas.
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