About the Wine
No soft southern quaffing rosé, the Houillons’ Tourmaline is a pink wine with intent.
Maybe owing to a tiny, semi-precious production, it’s named for the Tourmaline gemstone, revered for its stunning breadth of shimmering colours. From 100% Grenache, there’s a finesse and elegance to this wild red fruit threaded with herbal, smokey touches.
With some structure behind it, owing to low yields and 11 months in old oak, it’s an intriguing, complex bottling well worth seeking out.
About Domaine Houillon
The Houillon name is well known in the Jura where sibling trio Emmanuel, Adeline and Aurelien all learned with the legendary master Pierre Overnoy.
After spending time in Switzerland gaining further experience in biodynamic farming, younger brother Aurelien and wife Charlotte hitched their cart west, settling in the southern Rhône foothills in the shadow of the famous Mont Ventoux.
Commencing in 2016, they’ve been faithfully restoring a beautiful old 9 hectare property, with just 4.5 hectares planted to vines. Working with old vine Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, they’re certified organic and farm according to biodynamic practices. All the wines are unfiltered and bottled by gravity without addition of sulphur.
Given the relative altitude of their minuscule estate, committed farming and sensitive handling in the cellar, the Houillons are producing some exciting, balanced and fragrant expressions, previously unseen in this part of the Southern Rhône.