Ali Mahmoud, winemaker and owner of the Chateau Saint Louis in the Fronton area of France is proud of his organic Sauvignon Blanc. This is an organic wine where you can taste the difference that organic growing makes. The fruit flavours seem truer. The wine itself is relatively dry with nice balanced acidity.
I had a chance to share a meal with Ali. He is an interesting man. An astrophysicist initially, he later trained to become an oenologist. But once you get to know him, politics seems to be his passion. Not shy of his strong opinions, he stamps his wines with his personality. The wines themselves are fermented in epoxy covered cement barrels, and if you want to hear the dissertation for the benefits of the process book yourself a meeting with Ali, and make sure you don’t have any plans for the next couple of hours. Our conversation was wide ranging, and we talked at lengths about what he would call counterfeit wine, wine that is made from glucose and juice concentrates and sold at rock bottom prices. We also talked about the the bureaucratic difficulties for European wine makers to sell their products in North America.
We even talked about the difficult financial state of affairs for winemakers in France, according to him without government subsidies, most producers would be pushed out of business. We enjoyed conversation about the three cornerstones of the French Republic; Freedom, Equality and Fraternity.
A real renaissance man, he was not without his ironies as is anybody with strong political feelings. His philosophy on politics and organic wine making are all about coping with the imperfect, and making something better. Just like Alanis Morrisette made the song “Ironic” famous, Ali reminds me of the Canadian Chanteuse, but her more recent and sophisticated work. Get your hands on a bottle of his Sauvignon 2007 du Gravieres de Rabany, Vins de pays, Comté Tolosan Blanc and enjoy with some newer Alanis Morrisette acoustic Ironic.
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