Famille de Boel France is a small family estate owned and run by an enthusiastci and inspired husband/wife team in the high elevations of Saint Joseph. This is a project born from passion, not born from inheriting vineyards or a cellar. Nelly France is from Brittany (France), Arnaud De Boel is from Belgium, and they met in 2009 in New Zealand where their love for food and wine brought them together and quickly found a love for one another. With their two young children Augustin and Margot, the family chooses biodynamic farming and winemaking, and owns vineyards in the Northern Rhone where they live (in Saint Joseph and Cornas), and some land in the Southern Rhone close to the villages of Suze-la-Rousse and Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes. They are completely dedicated to the celebration of how food and wine come together in so many magical occasions, and strive to make wine that is meant for the table, meant to enjoy with friends and family, and meant for all of the Bon Vivants of the world; something they can pass on hopefully for generations to come.
de boel france 'jasus lalandii' côtes-du-rhône
The ‘Jasus Lalandii’ comes from a small 40-year-old vineyard of bush vine Grenache Blanc in the Sothern Rhone valley. After a hand harvest, the grapes were brought to the cellar and saw a horizontal press with whole bunches so that a natural fermentation in stainless steel could begin. The fine lees were stirred often to give great texture to the wine, and since Grenache Blanc does not have naturally high acidity, after fermentation finished, the wine was placed outside for the winter (with one racking after about two weeks), preventing malolactic fermentation to take place, and retaining as much freshness as possible in the finished wine. After a second racking in February, and a small dose of SO2, the wine was bottled in March for an April release. Brilliant aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle, and a touch of iodine, lead to a very round mouth feel that has a mineral driven freshness, a yeasty quality, and overall scrumptious texture.
de boel france 'aleph' côtes-du-rhône
The ‘Aleph’ Cotes du Rhone is from the Massif d’Uchaux, a true gem within the wide stretches of the region, where the Massif Central and the Alps come together to create a very special and old area of silica, limestone, and sandstone, as well as some flinty patches. The Syrah and Grenache are hand harvested from bush vines when the balance of sugar and acid is optimal, and ferment naturally together for around two months with punch downs for the first week, and then gentle pump overs until the end. For the many months that follow, the wine is aged in both stainless steel (70%) and old barrique (30%) until it sees its first small dose of sulfites one week before bottling. The wine offers aromas of underbrush, black olives, and dark (but fresh) black fruits that shoot forth from the glass, and lead to a full palate of fruit and minerality with great length.
de Boel France 'Rue des Poulies' Saint Joseph
The ‘Rue de Poulies’ Saint Joseph is a stunning example of how complex, deep, and lovely wines from this region can be. Being a mono-varietal Syrah and not a blend, this single plot of fruit in the commune of Chateaubourg is about fifty years old and each year is harvested by hand when the perfect balance of pH and sugar development is found in the grapes. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel and see regular punch downs for the first week, and then gentle pump overs until complete. Half of the wine remains in tank, and the other half is placed into old French barrique for about a year until it is bottled. The result shows classic black and red fruits on the nose, as well as pork fat and peppercorns, while the palate follows with a deep core of minerality, ripe and fresh fruit, and is lined with spicy acidity.
de boel france 'je vous adore' vaucluse rosé
caladoc, grenache, carignan
The ‘Je Vous Adore’ Rosé comes from a small plot of vines planted within the Vaucluse region of the Southern Rhone. A forty-year-old vineyard of Caladoc (a cross between Malbec and Grenache) was hand-harvested and then directly pressed from whole clusters for a natural fermentation in stainless steel vats. In the early spring, the wine is bottled and has a gorgeous pale pink color, and shoots forth brilliant aromas of young strawberries, white flowers, and mineral. The mouth feel is balanced and shows bright grapefruit, white-fleshed fruit, a touch of saltiness, and a kiss of lavender.
de Boel France 'assiégés' cotes-du-rhone
grenache, caladoc, syrah, carignan
The ‘Assiégés’ Cotes-du-Rhone is from a young plot of biodynamically farmed vines that are planted to Grenache, Caladoc, Syrah, and Carignan. The blend makes for a very aromatic and elegant expression of the terroir in the estate’s line up of red wines from the Rhone. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel took place to allow the wine to express its true character, and was aged in the same vessels for several months before a spring bottling and release. Wild aromas of violets, peonies, herbs, and black fruits lead to a dense yet quite supple mouth-feel, full of blackberries, fresh plum, and garrigue, packed with acidity and lengthy soft tannins.
de Boel France 'Ars Magirica' Cornas
‘Ars Magirica’ Cornas is the first vintage of Cornas from de Boel-France and marks the first use of their brand new plot of fruit, a tiny 4-year-old vineyard just west of the town of Cornas in Clarencon. As the only region in the northern Rhone that requires 100% Syrah for the finished wine, these young vines planted in granite soils have a bright future ahead, already showcasing gorgeous finesse brushed atop a dense canvas. A single five-year-old barrique was filled after natural fermentation in stainless steel, and aged for one year before release, and although youthful, the finished wine has a dark and complex core decorated by wisps of bright lively fruit. Smashed blueberries, graphite, rose, and soft meaty aromas fill the glass, leading to a thick palate of small berries, minerals, fresh acid, and a lengthy finish of fruit, anise, and rocks that begs for food.
de boel france 'le gras c'est la vie! méditerranée
carignan, grenache, caladoc
‘Le gras c’est la vie’ is a showstopper of a wine, with freshness and vivacity, as well as extraordinary value. Coming from a young plot of vines in the southern side of the Rhone Valley, this is a hand-harvested blend of Carignan, Grenache, and Caladoc (a cross between Malbec and Grenache). A delicate touch and a natural fermentation in stainless steel are the key factors that play into this wine’s bright approach, so that even after only a few months time in tank, the finished wine is ready for the bottle and immediate consumption. A bright and brambly nose lead to a palate that is exuberant with red and black fruits, full of spicy texture, and has just the right amount of meaty grip to play well with foods of many kinds or to simply invite the next sip.
de Boel France 'les voraces' collines rhodaniennes
‘Les Voraces’ is a pure expression of Syrah from the northern Rhone in the Collines Rhodaniennes IGP, where only stainless steel is used for fermentation, and a short aging to give as much varietal characteristic as possible. This young vineyard is hand-harvested when the fruit has reached a perfect balance between pH and sugar development, and brought in for a natural fermentation. The De Boel family uses a gentle vertical press after fermentation and malolactic usually happens around February. By March or April the wine is bottled and sent to market to show its purest form, with notes of peppery spice, blackberry, boysenberry, and a touch of cured meat. On the palate the wine is fresh, but has deep complexity, showing dark berry fruit, spice, licorice, and great minerality.