Ormiale is a project Fabrice Domercq started with the famous British designer Jasper Morisson, in 2007 in the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Ormiale took their small .69 hectare plot organic in 2009, and now cultivates 2 hectares of Demeter certified vines in the Côtes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs. They work with very low yields, between 20-29 hl/ha (compared to the 59 hl/ha authorized maximum in this region). All grapes are destemmed by hand and manually loaded into conical french oak vats where the fermentation takes place without additives. The wines are almost always made without any addition of sulfur. In 2015 they began to produce the rosé pet nat, James.
Ormiale — Back to the top
Total production: 6000 bottles
Varieties: Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. The wine ferments for 4-5 weeks and is matured in used French oak barrels for 12 months. Zero sulfur added.
James — Back to the top
Total Production: 1200 bottles
Varietals: 90% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. The wine is fermented for 4-5 weeks and then transferred to bottles to finish fermentation as a pet-nat. The wine rests in limestone caves for 12-14 months before being disgorged and re-capped. Zero sulfur added.
Merlotinox — Back to the top
Total production: 1071 bottles & 86 Magnums
Grape: 100% Merlot
Vineyard: the « Le Pin » plot in Côtes de Castillon, certified biodynamic
Cellar: The grapes are harvested and destemmed by hand, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, for about 10 months.
Bottled without fining, filtration or sulfur added.
Personality: round, pleasantly fruity and lush, with soft melted tannins and lip-smacking acidity. Open a couple of hours before serving to get an extra layer of complexity.