Domaine de Ribonnet sits in the heart of the Comté Tolosan, half way between Toulouse and the Pyrenees.
Previously owned by Clément Ader, one of the pioneers of mechanical flight (he is credited with “an uncontrolled hop of approximately 50m” in his plane Eolé in 1890!), the estate was taken on by Christian Gerber in 1974. His son Simon joined the team in 2015.
The family have 20 hectares under vine, and have been organic since 2001, so, no nasty chemicals in the vineyard, and they adopt a non-interventionist approach in the winery. This basically means that (as far as is practicable) they avoid any artificial additions in the winery.
As a result they make wines of stunning purity which are an honest reflection of the terroir. This Syrah from the superb 2015 vintage is a perfect example.
Wonderfully pure red fruit. A touch of spice, floral notes, a cooling minerality and a more-ish freshness. Utterly delicious, perfectly balanced and satisfyingly oak free. The bottle will be gone in no time.
Although this will age well and develop more mature, savoury characteristics over the next 2 - 3 years, I would advise drinking it over the next 18 months to take full advantage of the bright, youthful fruit.
Young Syrah is a good match for charcuterie, but this would also go well with Comté cheese (n.b. this comes from eastern France, not Comté Tolosan), and would be a winner with sausage and bean cassoulet.