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Elian da Ros

'Histoire de Boire' 2019 Magnum

$68.00

'Histoire de Boire' 2019 Magnum

Elian da Ros

'Histoire de Boire' 2019 Magnum

$68.00

Historically, the region around Marmande has been more famous for tomatoes than for wine, but Elian Da Ros might change all that. After working for five years with Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace, Elian returned to his hometown of Cocumont in 1998 and constructed a simple winery, taking the daring step to become the first winemaker to produce and bottle his wine under the Côtes du Marmandais AOP.

At the time, the wines of the region were so poorly seen that the government was paying farmers to rip out their vines to limit production. This turned out to be quite a boon to Elian since he was able to pick and choose the best terroir on the hills. After watching his father and his uncle both succumb to cancer from chemical exposure in the vines, it was evident from the start that all farming would be organic. Elian works side by side with his wife Sandrine Farrugia (who also makes a tiny amount of wine under her own label) to farm 20ha of vines, all of which are now certified biodynamic.

Several decades later, Elian Da Ros is now considered the standard-bearer of what remains a small appellation. The Côtes du Marmandais sits at the crossroads of the Southwest and Bordeaux, and the permitted grape varieties are a panoply to match. There’s the local grape Abouriou (very tannic and thick-skinned), plus reds and whites from Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Sémillon), and quite a bit of Syrah that managed to sneak in as well. Elian's vinifications are all with native yeasts and begin in concrete tanks, but the techniques vary from cuvée to cuvée and year to year to achieve the desired profile for each wine.

- MFW Wine Co.