Appellation: Vin de France
About: Fred’s more experimental and more marvellous white wine. From older vines than the O’Blanc. Sometimes with some skin contact for different aromatics and texture, albeit the exception rather than the rule. Always aged in one or two 450L old oak barrels. Sometimes a blend of two consecutive vintages. Does not resemble Beaujolais Blanc. Does resemble great wine. More “nature”, too, than the O’Blanc. Be warned, be open. First vintage was 2004, the year of birth of his nephew called Corenthin.
Location: next to the cellar on the Hauts de Huire between Quincié and Beaujeu
Size: 0,35 ha
Age: re-planted 2000 from an old parcel worked by grandparents
Average yield hl/ha: 45
Climate: continental, usually cold winters, warm, sometimes hot summers but who knows these days.
Very gently pressed direct to ferment in two 450L old oak barrels, demi-muids, with natural yeasts, without sulfur, without temperature control but the cellar is cold and the winters very cold, the malo taking place naturally. The wine was racked after Malo and returned to barrel. After one year, it was moved to stainless tank to age another wryer before bottling. Sulfur added after Malo and at bottling.
Vintage Notes 2019
No skin contact this year.
Date harvested: early September
Yield hl/ha: 30
Date bottled: 2021-11
Bottles produced: 1,200
Alcohol %: 12,9
SO2 Total: 100
Tasting: complex, rich, salty, viscous and glossy, with nutty, baked apple and fresh chantecler apple fruit, peach skin, acacia honey, some orange zest, broad, medium-full body, great balance.