Tabula Rasa, Domaine des Enfants
When Marcel Bühler takes over 25 hectares of old vines in Maury back in 2006, he knew he was onto something really special. Over half of the vineyard had been planted pre-WW2, and some vines are now over a century-old. His philosophy is pretty straightforward: let nature do its thing while respecting the work of generations of vignerons before him. His wife Carrie Sumner takes over in the cellar, where everything is kept to a minimum. No commercial yeasts, no additions or filtration, no fining, just a touch of SO2 when necessary.
The name of “Tabula rasa” means “white sheet”, a term first developed by Aristotle and then taken further by British philosopher John Locke, standing for the immaculate status of a new born child. In the colloquial language “Tabula rasa” stands for “making a clean sweep”, which one might do to find closure with the past. The text on the label is an extract of a 300 years old essay from John Locke, covering the human apprehension, and has been lent to the domaine from the Library of the abbey Einsiedeln. The direct translation is:
"Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from experience"
Producer Marcel Bühler & Carrie Anne Sumner
Viticulture & Winemaking Organic viticulture. Grapes are scattered in the old red wine vineyards and selectively harvested at an optimal ripeness of fruit. Foot trodden, pressed, and transferred to 400 l barrels, where the fermentation happens. Settled for one year, bottled with minimal sulphites.
Grapes Grenache gris, Grenache blanc, Carignan blanc, Macabeu
Region IGP Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon, France
Tasting Notes Honey and flower on the nose, with exotic notes of dried pineapple, nuts and balanced with good acidity levels. Medium bodied and rich, a very special wine indeed.