Castets and Carignan
Funky, spicy, leathery and tannic
Jeff's wines are a mystery! Sometimes it has 100% Syrah, sometimes with some Carignan and sometimes Castets. Or, maybe none of the above! That's what makes Coutelou wines the bomb! In Puimission, a remote village in the Languedoc. Jeff Coutelou took over from his father. Officially certified as organic in 1987 when only 200 hectares were in Hérault (now there are over 20,000ha). He has reduced the vineyard area from 20ha to 13ha, replacing the rest with olive groves in order to create biodiversity in the vineyard. His vineyards are considered nurseries for forgotten varieties of the area, such as; Castets, Servant and Picardin. He has had trouble with the CRAV(Comité Régional d'Action Viticole) who burned some of his vines multiple times. The CRAV are a group of more traditional winemakers who don't welcome new practices or ways of doing things (such as biodynamic or organic farming) in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. As the name suggests, this Carignan and Castets blend is aged in Amphorae.