Laureano Serres is one of Spain's legendary natural wine makers. He is a strong proponent for natural wine and a firm believer of minimal intervention winemaking. His Mendall wines are clean cut with beautiful fruit notes and a sense of place and time, without that cookie cutter feel that many conventional wines give year after year. Yet importantly, the wines are fundamentally very enjoyable wines, not diluted alcoholic fruit juices that many natural wines are guilty of.
Laureano is one of the 4 original founders of the Brutal wine movement. Brutal is a style of natural wine made on the zero/zero principle. 0/0 refers to no additives (including sulfites, sugars and acids) and no reductives (fining and filtering). The idea for Brutal is to show a wine at its most natural state, without manipulating the taste profile through external means. The Brutal wine label is conferred by the quartet to other winemakers who share the same vision and make good wine. In turn, those winemakers could confer the label to other winemakers making wines the 0/0 way. The wine label typically shows the grim reaper with a sickle to SO2, signifying sulfites are cut out of the process. Brutal wines are extremely rare in the natural wine scene. There are now only about 60 producers making Brutal wines globally. Each producer can only make 1 Brutal wine in each harvest and that is usually the most experimental bottling of that harvest.
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