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 Famille de Boel France ‘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 '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.
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. The predominant grape is known as Caladoc, which is blended with a touch Grenache and Carignan, and all is directly pressed from whole clusters for its fermentation in stainless steel vats. In the early spring, the wine is bottled and has a gorgeous dark pink color, and shoots forth brilliant aromas of young strawberries, white flowers, and mineral. The mouth feel is full, yet has a lightness that dances on the tongue with bright red berries, sweet citrus, and a kiss of lavender.
de Boel France 'Rue des Poulies' Saint Joseph
‘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 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 '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.