Domaine Le Mazel: Wines with no sulfites...
The well-known Le Mazel winery of Gerald and Jocelyn Oustric is found in the Ardeche region in a small village called Valvigneres near Avignon.
They have 28 hectares of mainly old vineyards where aside from reds such as Syrah, Grenache, Portan, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, whites such as Viognier, Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc also grow well.
Le Mazel is geared towards the production of natural wines whilst maintaining age-old traditional principals such as hand treatment and thinning and growth without the use of any artificial additives including sulfites. The whole process of gentle treatment of wine is also helped by the gravity of the placement of the cellar which allows the omitting of tanks otherwise used for decanting and turning wines. As is normal in France, fermentation of cider occurs in concrete tanks and wines then age in various types of oak barrels carefully chosen so as not to deform the smell and flavor which must represent local terroir.
The wine selection is very vast and unlike the neighboring Cotes du Rhone, the wines are of the Vin de Pays de l’Ardeche category however definitely not lacking in quality when compared to wines with appellation. The lovely countryside especially the South of Ardeche and its unique natural conditions give the local wines a distinction and unmistakability which with their magic symbolize a lifelong invitation for everyone.