2017 Domaine Houillon Côtes du Rhône
Aurélien and Charlotte Houillon are based in Vaucluse in a relatively cool part for the Côtes-du-Rhône, in the shadow of grand, white Mont Ventoux.
Aurélien Houillon is the brother of Emmanuel Houillon, winemaking partner of Pierre Overnoy in Jura’s Pupillin. It was there that Aurélien learnt the ways of minimal interventionist winemaking and now all wines at his domaine are made without additives, filtration or gravity.
As expected, the wines are definitely on the natural side, with a wild, forest floor, animale character that adds savoury complexity to the dark berry flavours.