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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Vin de France|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Biodynamically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
The story of the Milan family’s vineyards is all about soil: not just in the sense of pre-existing terroir—of natural harmony between grape variety, soil type, and climate—but also of hard work. When Henri and Véronique Milan took over from Henri’s father in 1984, they set out to restore the health of the soil through organic farming practices. Today, Henri’s son Théo and Théo’s wife, Nathalie, reap the benefits of decades of chemical-free farming, and their wines shine as a result. Théo and Nathalie have moved into biodynamics and permaculture to bolster the health and biodiversity of the site even further, while cover-cropping, along with the prevalence of blue clay soil, help retain water in a dry climate. Meanwhile, Henri’s other legacy has been to break free of the regulations of the Baux de Provence AOC; bottling their wines as “Vin de France” allows them to grow and combine the grape varieties that make sense for their taste and their particular vineyard sites. Fermented whole-cluster with carbonic maceration, Beaujolais style, this ‘Haru’ (Japanese for ‘spring’) rosé of cabernet sauvignon and mourvèdre takes full advantage of that freedom. Though slightly more pigmented than the typical Southern French pink, ‘Haru’ still boasts a lithe texture and a dynamic palate feel. Biodynamically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.