A.O.C. Rasteau, I.G.P. Vaucluse
15,000 to 20,000 bottles
Gourt de Mautens was created in 1996 in Rasteau. Jerome Bressy, the vigneron, was only 23 when he made his first vintage in a converted hangar on his parent’s farm. In 1989, Jerome’s father decided to convert the vineyards to organic farming but the grapes continued to be delivered to the coop. At that time, the switch in farming method was not an easy, especially for a grower in a coop, but this sacrifice allowed Jerome to begin with a healthy vineyard.
The Gourt de Mautens estate covers 13ha of vines. The vineyards have been organically farmed since 1989 (Ecocert certified) and biodynamically farmed since 2008 (Demeter certified).
The plots are situated on terraces, hillsides facing north-west and south-west. The soil is made of chalk, clay and marl. The vines are between 30 to 100 years old and produce very low yields 10 to 15hl/ha. The vineyards are planted with a wide varieties such as: Grenache Blanc & Gris, Picardan, Picpoul Blanc & Gris, Clairette, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Carignan, Vaccarese, and Terret Noir.
In 2012, Jerome decided to leave the appellation. After the Rasteau new classification in 2010, the AOC decided the exclusion of Picardan and required that “minor” varietals should not be more than 15% of any Rasteau blend. Jerome’s wines since 2010 have been labeled IGP Vaucluse.