Domaine Milan - Luna & Gaia - Orange Wine - 2017

Domaine Milan - Luna & Gaia - Orange Wine - 2017

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Tasting: Citrus and apricot fruits, medium tannin, textural mouthfeel and a dry finish

Grape: Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne

Region: St. Remy de Provence, France

Farming: Organic

Vinification: Grapes are 100% hand harvested. The soil type is blue clay which is like a sponge - it holds water and also helps to maintain freshness - we are on the north side of Les Alpilles so you find a lot of this soil type here. It’s the same as in the Jura. 3 diff grapes: Grenache Blanc, Vermentino & Roussanne - whole cluster, co macerated for 30 days in concrete tank. Pressed and aged in a large alsacien neutral foudre for one year.

 

 

About the Winemaker: From the moment Henri Milan planted his first vine at just 8 years old, he knew viticulture would be his life’s passion. In 1986, he took over the family property in the foothills of Provence’s Alpilles mountain range with the grand intention of growing the best, most characterful fruit the diverse soils there could yield and bottling as a domaine instead of selling to the local co-op as his parents had done. Milan began working organically as early as 1988, but many of the vines weren’t hardy enough to survive the conversion from conventional farming. With the help of famous microbiologist Claude Bourgignon, he created a soil map to serve as a guide for how to replant. The duo identified zones of blue marl laced with limestone and other zones characterized by Quaternary-based gravel and yellow sandstone. Focusing on grape varieties best adapted to the individual soil types and producing site-specific wines, they felt, was the way forward. The best suited varieties, however, were not necessarily those prescribed by the Baux de Provence AOP, so Milan withdrew from the appellation system in 2007, declassifying his wines to Vin de France and cementing his reputation as the region’s rebel.

In 2011 Henri's son Theophile began working the domaine with his father. Today he is responsible for all operations and handles vinification for the wines. In 2014, while on a trip to New York - Theo met Natalie, a Jacksonville native. Natalie grew up in Jax and cut her teeth in the food and beverage industry at some of the best restaurants Jacksonville has to offer including Orsay and Chew. During that time she developed a passion for wine and moved to New York City to continue her learning. She eventually landed a position as Sommelier at Michelin star restaurant, The Modern. While on a trip to promote his family's domaine among the restaurant scene in New York, Theo was introduced to Natalie and as they say, the rest is history. They were married in 2018 and have two beautiful children. Natalie is heavily involved in all parts of the family domaine, working in the vineyard, cellar, marketing, tasting room, entertaining clients and more.

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