Le Mazel


Gerald Oustric is one of a distinct group of winemakers that experienced a shared epiphany after meeting Marcel Lapierre during the 80s. At the time he was working the family vineyards in Valvignères, a village in the southern half of the Ardèche, alongside his father. All the resulting fruit was sold to the local co-operative. It was after this fateful meeting with Lapierre that Gerald realised there was another way to tend the vines and turn the resulting grapes into wine, and by the late 90s he had pulled out of the co-op, converted the domaine to organic and started to realise his vision of making wine with no additions at all. He joined forces with his sister Jocelyne, and Le Mazel was born. Over 20 years later they now farm 19 hectares, with some of it given over to fruit that is then sold négociant, or vines that are leased to friends and emergent winemakers such as Anders Frederik Steen and Sylvain Bock, whom Gerald and Jocelyne have enjoyed a collaborative working relationship with since they started to make wine in the area. Le Mazel wines are a literal translation of the mistral-swept valley in which the vines sit over clay and limestone soils. They also embrace the vintage variations that can occur when making wine in this way rather than fighting against them; the resulting wines are vital, nourishing and a gift to any table they land on.

  • Le Mazel Cuvée Briand 2018 | Wayward Wines

    Le Mazel Cuvée Briand 2018

    Briand is 100% Grenache and is, in our opinion, a perfect example of how this varietal can express itself in this part of the world. The fruit is spicy and red, with a beautiful perfume full of wild fennel and clove. The wine is neatly cut through with...

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  • Wayward Wines | Le Mazel Cuvée Mias 2018 | £21.50

    Le Mazel Cuvée Mias 2018

    Wild, bracing Viognier that is a world away from the more soft, perfumed style. Much like the Charbonnières Chardonnay, this wine is robust and packs something of a punch; a very different expression of the grape. The wine ferments spontaneously...

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  • Le Mazel Cuvée Larmande 2018 | Wayward Wines

    Le Mazel Cuvée Larmande 2018

    A wonderful vintage for this vital, energetic Syrah, that seems to change its incarnation with each passing year. Made with the usual Mazel technique of whole-bunch carbonic maceration to give the wine a dialled-back tannic structure and plenty of vivid...

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