The Wine: Version Sud Grenache Noir 2020
Version Sud is a red natural wine from Burgundy legendary vigneron Frederic Cossard – Domaine de Chassorney – made from organically grown Grenache Noir grapes from Vaison-La Romaine in Vaucluse. The grapes ferment spontaneously in whole bunches for about 2 weeks before being pressed to old barrels and see an elevage of no less than 9 months before being bottled with no hint of added SO2. Frederic Cossard Version Sud sings of purity and bright elegance infused with notes of warm forest fruit, Southern spices, and salinity.
The Producer: Frederic Cossard • Domaine de Chassorney
Frederic Cossard is a flesh and blood natural wine legend from Burgundy, giving birth to wines of truly unique vibrancy, unmistakable personality, and just plain juicy goodness. Having started in 1996, he farms about 6 hectares, a good portion of which are rented, near the village of Saint Romain.
Inspired by memories of wines made by his grandfather for family consumption and strong of his background as a wine broker, Frederic started making natural wine at a time when it was considered almost heresy and oak-laden fruit bombs weighted down by chemical farming and additives were the standard. In order to give voice to the grape and his unique terroir, he uses very long 5-6 weeks maceration and malolactic fermentation takes place when the must is still on the skins.
No SO2 is ever employed, and Frederic even avoids using it when cleaning the barrels, preferring ozone to it. These are true wines of place, passion, and inspiration. In 2006 he started his negoce venture, where he works with diverse organic varieties from different terroirs of France.
The Region: Burgundy
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