Henri Milan is a rebellious character; he calls himself a “right-wing anarchist” and broke away from the appellation Baux-de-Provence AOC in 2007 to retain the freedom to produce the wines he wanted to make, in the way he wanted to make them. In the winery he uses no additions or chemical treatments, except a very small amount of sulphur dioxide in the bottle, but the wines are unfined and unfiltered. Before he took over the family domaine, Milan had several formative conversations which would influence his winegrowing choices, notably with soil researcher and agribiologist Claude Bourguignon who educated him about organic conversion in the vineyard. Henri has passed his astute critical mind on to his son Théophile, who manages the commercial side of the business.
About the cuvée
Le Jardin is 100% Merlot with an exceptional finesse, punctuated with fresh fruit aromas. It is incredibly light in the mouth, with emerging fruity notes. Henri Milan has limited the yields of his organic grapes to around 40 hl/ha. Vines grow on clay-limestone soil and are vatted for 8 days before maturing for 11 months in old barrels. True fans pay a high price for small-production stars such as this.
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