Jean David

Jean David Winemaker

The Story

As the age of extraction continues to lose ground, producers like Jean David, who have been organically farming since 1979 and making elegant, low alcohol, whole cluster, unoaked wines from Grenache and other aromatic red grapes, will begin to emerge from unassuming southern French appellations, like Seguret.

Jean David and his wife, Martine, are some of the most enjoyable and humble people, and their wines mirror their demeanor. The soft-spoken Jean wears the years spent in the vineyards under the beating sun on his dark skin and large, strong and soft hands. He seems to be a purebred, blue-collar vigneron but when you get to talking with him you realize there is much more to this fellow than meets the eye. Jean’s voice is gentle and flows fluently with English, Spanish, Italian and, of course, French. He has spent his life with Martine travelling the world learning about culture and incorporating a well-rounded worldview into their life. They make wines that have the balance of firm structure and gorgeous fresh, delicate and high-toned aromas that rarely find their way into Southern French wine.

Lay of the Land

Seguret, literally meaning “secure” in Provençal, is a small, ancient town tucked away in the hillsides of the Côtes du Rhône. Colonized by the Romans, Seguret is occupied by tiny stone houses and filled with the appeal of les anciens. It has been classified “most beautiful village in France” and upon visiting, one would clearly understand why. The vines that surround the village to the east and south offer wines that are well structured yet fresh and elegant and undoubtedly stand the test of time. The climate is Mediterranean, influenced by the intense Mistral wind and the terroir is predominantly sand, alluvium, clay and limestone slopes around the village and poor arid, stony soils on the steeper hillsides. For the observant, the geological range here is massive and extends subtle nuances to its fine wines. The reds are led by Grenache and the whites are made up of Roussanne and Marsanne. It seems that Seguret is one of those very special places with the potential to quietly make some of the most elegant and perfumed wines in the south of France.

Jean David Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Jean David - 2015 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

Price: $19.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rustic, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside the Bottle: The problem with Jean David’s wines is that they are far more sophisticated than their price would lead on. What one expects out of the typical Côtes du Rhône appellation wine is a wine that tries to be a little more than it is, in terms of extraction and ripeness -this wine couldn’t be further from that style. The secret to this wine’s ethereal complexity is that it is all Seguret fruit from Jean’s vineyards that are less than 50-years-old. So, what the heck does Seguret taste and smell like?

Like many great wines, this wine needs a ten minute warmup, but after that it starts to surround your nose with kisses of sweet red flowers, cranberries, red currants, pastry spices and fresh mission figs. The palate takes on the seriousness of this wine showing that it is not a mere Côtes du Rhône, but a wine finely-tuned with fresh acidity and polished but refreshing tannins.

Terroir: The combination of sandy-loam and limestone soils gives this wine tremendous lift and great structure without gifting it too much in body. Sand always seems to impart high and spirited aromas in wine. The aromatic and structured grapes, Grenache (55%) and Carignan (20%, one of my favorite underrated grapes) lead the charge, supported by Syrah (10%), Counoise (10%) and Mourvedre (5%).

All of Jean David’s wines are vinified and raised in concrete tanks with a miminum of Sulfur added. He has been organically farming since 1979.

The Wine

Inside the Bottle: The problem with Jean David's wines is that they are far more sophisticated than their price would lead on. What one expects out of the typical Côtes du Rhône appellation wine is a wine that tries to be a little more than it is, in terms of extraction and ripeness -this wine couldn't be further from that style. The secret to this wine's ethereal complexity is that it is all Seguret fruit from Jean's vineyards that are less than 50-years-old. So, what the heck does Seguret taste and smell like?

Like many great wines, this wine needs a ten minute warmup, but after that it starts to surround your nose with kisses of sweet red flowers, cranberries, red currants, pastry spices and fresh mission figs. The palate takes on the seriousness of this wine showing that it is not a mere Côtes du Rhône, but a wine finely-tuned with fresh acidity and polished but refreshing tannins.

Terroir: The combination of sandy-loam and limestone soils gives this wine tremendous lift and great structure without gifting it too much in body. Sand always seems to impart high and spirited aromas in wine. The aromatic and structured grapes, Grenache (55%) and Carignan (20%, one of my favorite underrated grapes) lead the charge, supported by Syrah (10%), Counoise (10%) and Mourvedre (5%).

All of Jean David's wines are vinified and raised in concrete tanks with a miminum of Sulfur added. He has been organically farming since 1979.

About The Wine

Inside the Bottle: The problem with Jean David’s wines is that they are far more sophisticated than their price would lead on. What one expects out of the typical Côtes du Rhône appellation wine is a wine that tries to be a little more than it is, in terms of extraction and ripeness -this wine couldn’t be further from that style. The secret to this wine’s ethereal complexity is that it is all Seguret fruit from Jean’s vineyards that are less than 50-years-old. So, what the heck does Seguret taste and smell like?

Like many great wines, this wine needs a ten minute warmup, but after that it starts to surround your nose with kisses of sweet red flowers, cranberries, red currants, pastry spices and fresh mission figs. The palate takes on the seriousness of this wine showing that it is not a mere Côtes du Rhône, but a wine finely-tuned with fresh acidity and polished but refreshing tannins.

Terroir: The combination of sandy-loam and limestone soils gives this wine tremendous lift and great structure without gifting it too much in body. Sand always seems to impart high and spirited aromas in wine. The aromatic and structured grapes, Grenache (55%) and Carignan (20%, one of my favorite underrated grapes) lead the charge, supported by Syrah (10%), Counoise (10%) and Mourvedre (5%).

All of Jean David’s wines are vinified and raised in concrete tanks with a miminum of Sulfur added. He has been organically farming since 1979.