In Bordeaux, it would be a mistake to go to a restaurant without drinking Mallot Crémant Rosé. When referring to the Mallot Crémant Rosé, French will tell us about the Olivier family – the family that contributes to preserving and developing the culinary culture of Bordeaux
Business culture honoring traditional wine culture
On my first visit to Bordeaux, while wandering around the famous vineyards with Jean Baptiste – a local guide, I was fortunate to meet wine-maker Bruno Olivier. He belongs to the 4th generation of the Olivier family – the family spent centuries in making Mallot Crémant Rosé. Mallot Crémant Rosé has long been a secret of the Olivier family, which is not only a blend of grapes but also a secret of winemaking from generation to generation.
Bordeaux wine producers still use the traditional techniques and have non-competitive spirit in the industry. Every year, UG Bordeaux – a French wine producers association – conducts the wine competitions and awards the prize based on wine standards not only for business purposes but also to honor culinary culture of Bordeaux in particular and of France in general.
Black grapes – red wine and long history of Vineyard
From the 1st century BC, black grapes – red wine was introduced to the Bordeaux region by the Romans. Therefore it has played an important part in French culinary culture. Currently, Bordeaux has about 116,160 ha cultivated by more than 1,300 vine growers. Although having a long life span of up to 60 years, vines can be harvested once a year after 4 years of cultivation. During that time, new vine varieties are multiplied to maintain the constant development of the vineyards.
According to history, in the 19th century the Mallot vineyard in Bordeaux was once an estate owned by an Irish-born. Then the Olivier family bought and operated this estate until today. Mallot is also an oldest continuously family-owned vineyard in Bordeaux.
Bruno Olivier is the main executive, he continues the tradition of producing sparkling wine of the family according to the esoteric recipe. Mallot vineyards cover about 180 acres of land (more than 70 hectares) located along the Garonne River which is composed mainly of gravel and high calcium-heavy clay due to the influence of the Mediterranean climate. Most of grape varieties are planted in Mallot Vineyard is Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
The Mallot vineyard is famous for its meticulously cultivated. When it is time to harvest, bunches are carefully sorted in the vineyard through yield restriction method to ensure that only the best grapes are kept. However, not everyone has enough experience to do this work. At Mallot Vineyard, it was done directly by Bruno and his two sons who are also winemakers. Bruno Olivier ensures that the bunches are picked by hand, and only the quality grapes are used for fermentation process.
Holding a bottle of Mallot Crémant Rosé, Bruno Olivier said that Mallot Crémant Rosé is made by a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. He has been awarded many noble prizes for this product by UG – Bordeaux. His secret is knowing how to harvest the grapes at the right time, control the fermentation, and blend the grapes with esoteric spices. The family’s esoteric spices currently kept by Bruno, are only passed on to the next generation, and this is also a secret that no one is allowed to share. However, what if when the secrets of lineages and love combine? Whether those secrets will be passed out or will have another “blend”. The story of the Mallot wines has not stopped here, …
The powerful blend
When we talk about wine blending, we often refer to the blending of grapes, what about the “blending” of families across Europe with longstanding wine-making tradition? Mallot Bru’t – Mallot Crémant Rosé’s twin brother is typical.
If Mallot Crémant Rosé is the proud princess of the Olivier family, Mallot Bru’t is the spiritual legacy of two powerful families: Olivier – Bordeaux and Genagricola -Florence Italia. By the mid of 20th century, the daughter of Genagricola family – one of the families currently owning the largest number of vineyards in Italy – had fallen in love with the son of Olivier family. The love unites two long-standing vine-growing and wine-making families of France and Italy. This was the foundation of the first Mallot Bru’t made by a powerful blend of 85% Vermentino and 15% Chardonnay. Mallot Bru’t is a blend of sophistication, personality, classic and modern. Visiting Bordeaux, sipping a glass of Mallot Crémant Rosé, you will be told by local people about Mallot Bru’t of Italy as a compliment to the Olivier family – the family of two fine wines contributing to preserve and develop the Bordeaux wine culture.