Thursday, 8/3
6-8 PM $15 no reservations

Los Angeles natural wine organic biodynamic orange
Le Soula “Trigone” blanc #15
Fabien Jouves “You Fuck My Wine?!” Vin de France 2016
Cazottes “Marcotte” Braucol-Duras Vin de France 2015
Nicolas Carmarans “Maximus” Averyon 2015
Elian da Ros “Lew Vin Est un F
ête” Côte du Marmandais 2014
Domaine des Costes Rouges “Tandem” Marcillac 2014

The southwest of France is a place marked less by a strict geographical delimitation than by a very old political-economic division between north and south. Bordeaux, geographically, is in the southwest of France, but politically and for our purposes viticulturally, is really in the north. You see, for centuries the Bordelaise exerted a hydraulic power over the south. Landlocked farmers and manufacturers in the southwest were utterly dependent upon the good graces of the Bordelaise, who controlled the Gironde and Garonne rivers with extortionate taxes and were thus able to favor their own exports. Sure, go ahead and send your stuff up the river, but we’ll tax the hell out of it! If you were a winegrower in the southwest and managed to get a few barrels of your wine into port, it would be a wash, as the taxes levied along the way would exceed your profit margin. Even though the Canal de Midi and the railroads would eventually break the stranglehold of Bordeaux, you can still see the effects of isolation everywhere, including wine.

Not to put a silver lining on the situation, but the forced isolation of the southwest meant that growers in the southwest satisfied the sensibilities of local markets and continued to cleave to their unique and antique local grape varieties, several of which will be on glorious display tonight. That which does not kill me makes me stronger. Grapes such as jurançon noir, fer servadou (of which we will taste in two very different wines), duras, and abouriou, but also white grapes, but we will wait for another day to tell the story of those.

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