Domaine Gourt de Mautens | Rasteau, France
The Gourt de Mautens wine estate was created in 1996 in Rasteau in the southern Rhône Valley. It has 13 hectares of vines and the entire vineyard has been organically farmed since 1989, and biodynamically farmed since 2008. The vines are aged between 30 and 100 years old with yields kept as low as 10 to 15hl; such low yields bring out the quintessence of each plot which are then blended to create the estate’s signature wine.
The winegrower at Domaine Gourt de Mautens, Jérôme Bressy, was only 23 when he made his first vintage in a converted hangar on his parent’s farm and thanks to the foresight of his father’s organic conversation several years earlier Jérôme was able to begin with a healthy vineyard. The estates wine cellar was built in 1998 thus completing Jérôme’s childhood dream of setting up the estate and making its wines; the first Bressy family member to take up the art of wine-making.
Domaine Gourt de Mautens takes its name from the area where part of the vineyard and the family farm are located. In Provençal dialect ‘Gourt’ means a place where water flows from and ‘Mautens’ bad weather, thus it is an area where water flows from the chalky clay soil when it rains.