For many years Nicolas Carmarans ran the delightful wine bar in Paris called Nouvelle Mairie. It, as its name suggests, is a meeting place where people go to sip on good wines, eat interesting food and solve the problems of the world.
He sold it recently to concentrate on his vineyard in south west France where he makes stunningly delicious natural wines from local grape varieties such as Fer Servadou and Negret de Banhars.
Nicolas at the recent Dive Bouteille event in the Loire
We were having a drink at Paris hotspot Tombe du Ciel. When we asked for their favourite red wine, the Mauvais Temps was unhesitatingly offered. We were amazed by its freshness, complexity and general drinkability. As a result we became determined to offer it to our clients in Australia.
Nicolas Carmarans Vin de Pays de l'Aveyron Mauvais Temps Rouge 2010
The Nicolas Carmarans Mauvais Temps is a particular favourite. This light, but complex red wine from the Aveyron in central France is lively, exciting, delicious and leaves you wanting more!
The wine comprises four grape varieties, namely 30% Negret de Banhars, 50% Fer Servadou (known locally as Mansois) and 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The grapes undergo semi-carbonic maceration in 15 hectolitre conical tanks for 20 days and are then transferred to old barriques for 12 months.
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Nicolas Carmarans Vin de Pays de l'Aveyron l'Altre Rouge 2010
The Nicolas Carmarans l'Altre is a wine that uniquely represents the wines of the Aveyron. As with the Mauvais Temps is is a light, juicy, vibrant wine that speaks of the terroir of this area.
The wine is a single varietal 100% Fer Servadou (known locally as Mansois). The grapes undergo semi-carbonic maceration in 15 hectolitre conical tanks for 20 days and are then transferred to old barriques for 12 months. Before bottling the tank spends a day in the sun to give it more strength says Nicolas.