posted by Mosaic Wine Imports, 10 December 2015
La Nouvelle Don(n)e, “The New Deal”, is a micro-domain with a reputation that far exceeds its physical size of 5 ha.
The estate was created in 2007 on the highest point of a plateau in one of the most beautiful areas, with the richest and most diverse wildlife, in the South of France: the Calce (Pyrénées Orientales). Saved from in extremis grubbing by the young winemaker, Wilfried Valat, the vineyard was reborn as two islands, Clos de l’Olby and Le Close du Mas, installed on the slopes of the Tet Valley.
Born in Montpellier, Wilfried studied biochemistry in Montpellier and oenology in Dijon. The Burgundian precision in winemaking was imprinted in him from the time he spent working at Domaine Méo-Camuzet in Vosne-Romanée, and Domaine Joblot Givry in Cote Chalonnaise.
From day one, Wilfried was committed to the specifications of organic farming and received his certification in 2010. His meticulous attention comes through in the wines brimming with freshness, balance and elegance. In Wilfried’s own words, “It is as if Burgundy has found a new playground in the Roussillon.”
60% Carignan, Grenache 20% Black, 20% Mourvèdre. A deep color, an explosive nose of red and black fruit, rose and pepper. A mouth of a sweetness and a remarkable velvety but not heavy with the natural freshness of Carignan.
70% Carignan, Mourvèdre 25%, Grenache Black 5%. Deep color and shimmering violins supported. His nose finely grilled opens with aromas of black fruit and jasmine. On the palate, the attack is supple and the tannins are remarkably melted. Good acidity enhances the freshness and length of this wine.