Printemps Côt & Merlot 2021

Simon Busser • 750ml


Simon Busser L'Originel is a red natural wine made from 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot farmed organically in Cahors, Southwest France. Medium to full body red wine, ripe red fruit on the nose, round and supple but with typical Merlot aromatics.


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Product Description

The Wine: Printemps Côt & Merlot 2021

Simon Busser Printemps Côt & Merlot 2021 is a red natural wine made from a blend of Côt and Merlot farmed organically in Cahors, Southwest France. Long maceration in concrete tanks and aged on the lees for about 12 months. High-acidity red wine with small berries on the nose and a savory palate.

The Producer: Simon Busser

It’s hardly surprising that most good winemakers are out of touch with popular opinion. Their balance sheets no doubt demonstrate that the public’s interest in natural wines has increased, but beyond that, little is understood about what exactly pleases a regular person. As far as we are concerned, it’s better this way. In all fields of artistic practice, practitioners have their own rules, rites of passage, and criteria for evaluating one another’s work; they also have their own heroes. One of the most interesting things to ask a winemaker is the seemingly mundane question of what they drink when the tourists aren’t around. This is how we learned about Simon Busser, whose bottles kept showing up on the tables of our favorite vignerons.

Simon Busser farms 7 hectares of Côt, Merlot, and Gamay along a meandering stretch of the Lot river outside Cahors, in Southwest France. Equidistant from the Mediterranean sun and the rainy Atlantic of France, this is a region known for earthy and powerful red wines designed for the table. Practicing organic viticulture with a horse-drawn plough and zero-additive winemaking since 2008, Simon describes his style as “traditional” and “non-technical.”

For Simon, traditional refers to a combination of ripe grapes, significant extraction, and then elevage in large wood or concrete vessels—a style that he learned from his father and neighbors in Praysac. Non-technical, though we often hear it invoked by winemakers, has a bit more complicated, quasi-paradoxical meaning. As in cooking where simple dishes with few ingredients—imagine an omelette, a sole meunière, cacio e pepe— require more rigorous practice and attention to detail than food made with tweezers, so in winemaking it is often more difficult to naturally vinify a traditional red than a cloudy pet-nat or an aromatic wine. It’s no wonder that most good chefs are more likely to have a steak frites on their night off than the newest tasting menu in town. In the present climate, where irony is often celebrated more than sincerity, it takes a good deal of nerve to do something simple and do it well, without yelling about it. In our view, Simon’s approach to winemaking will never go out of style because, like a good bistro, its objective is to nourish and bring people together at a table. (source: Percy Selection)

The Region: Cahors


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