A stunning mixed case of new vintages and old from this Iconic artisan wine producer in the Roussillon. The 18s are pretty Gorgeous, the older wines are starting to show some magnificent complexity. These are very serious wines. Don't be fooled by the cool looking bottles and the unusual names, these are no whacky natural wines, they are complex, elegant and authentic expressions of the grapes and the unique terroir.
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Le Casot des Mailloles is a 5 hectare estate nestled on the steep walled terraces overlooking the town of Banyuls, named after the traditional stone shelters that dot the vineyards. Made famous by Alain Castex and Ghislaine Magnier who ran the estate from the 1990s until 2015, this is a proper 'garage' winery. The terrain here is steep, so a lot of the work is done manually, and the old vines grow on the unique dark schist found here. They are strictly organic and biodynamic in the vines, use natural fermentation and never filter or fine the wines. Sulphites are avoided entirely. Production has now been passed on to Jordi Perez, a young winemaker very much in Alain's mould. His first vintage was produced in 2015 and he continues to make wine in the traditions set up by Alain and Ghislaine. Jordi is young and a very talented wine maker, he continues to make wine very much the Casot style but with his own stamp of personality. The wines have always carried great emotion and intense energy. Jordi is aiming to bring to them also an element of precision and elegance with will raise the wines into the realms of the super fine. Already showing very well, the 2016s from Jordie are superb and the new 2018s have a vibrancy that few other wineries in France and the world can match. With such tiny production, the wines are highly sought after, and for good reason!