Though Jean-Claude Lapierre has no familial relation to the Lapierre that helped launch the natural wine movement in France, his winemaking fits comfortably within the paradigm that Marcel and Kermit Lynch’s ‘Gang of Four’ established in the 80s. Working only small parcels of Merlot in the Languedoc, Jean-Claude has been certified organic for over a decade and practices minimal intervention in the cellar. Jean-Claude realized the potential of Merlot, which is not a traditional grape to the region, to refresh, enliven, and wow you.
Sourced from high-elevation vines in the Languedoc’s underappreciated Cévennes appellation, Jean-Claude’s ‘Quiétude’ is a fresh expression of Merlot from young vines planted to clay and limestone soils. On the nose, you’ll find enticing aromas of crushed red fruits, baking spices, and a hint of leather. Moving to the palate, you’ll notice this wine’s charming acidity framing notes of red currant, cranberry, and black pepper. Try this with our recipe for Anchovy Roasted Pork Tenderloin, the fruity/earthy notes pair beautifully with the salty/savory pork.
Jean-Claude ferments this wine naturally, then ages it in a tank to preserve its freshness for 8 months before bottling. It never sees any added sulfur at any time during the winemaking process, yet it is one of the cleanest natural reds you’ll come across–bearing an immense purity of fruit. This is a merlot that needs your attention, it will surely turn the haters into lovers of this noble grape variety.