Nicolas Carmarans ‘Mauvais Temps’
Nicolas Carmarans ‘Mauvais Temps’ – epitomising precision, elegance and simplicity. The vines for this cuveé are roughly 45 years old and are planted on decomposed granitic sands. Sitting prettily 500 metres above sea level, the grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a whole-bunch fermentation in wooden barrels. Moreover, they receive a semi-carbonic maceration and age for eight months in old oak before release. Vivacious red fruits wrestle with wild mountain herbs and delicate dried mushroom aromas- one has no choice but to salivate. Simply scrumptious and dangerously drinkable, this is a terroir-driven, carmine-coloured pick-me-up.
Carmarans has vines planted on the decomposed granitic soils of Northern Aveyron. Previously, he ran the renowned Parisian wine bar Café de la Nouvelle Mairie- it, as its name suggests, acts as a meeting place for like-minded folks to bask in good company and better wines. Having sold it in the mid-2000s to focus on his vineyard, he concentrates his efforts on tending to small, indigenous varietals and works to lend them the limelight. Displays of fervent passion and humble chasms of knowledge have allowed the vigneron to cultivate an honest reputation. He continues to explore these grapes’ natures, henceforth allowing his cuveés to evolve in beguiling fashions each year.
Nicolas Carmarans ‘Mauvais Temps’ – swirling with energy and ease, there is a taste of more off this wine. An illumination of viticultural prowess and ecological passion, this is a devoted master at work. Irresistible and affable, an absolute must-try.
Fer Servadou/Negret de Banhars
Nicolas Carmarans ‘Mauvais Temps’ – Vivacious red fruits wrestle with wild mountain herbs and delicate dried mushroom aromas- one has no choice but to salivate.