Appellation: Vin de France
About: One of those “mere” Vin de France that is in many ways finer, and more rewarding, than an Appellation wine. Of course this could be Beaujolais Blanc but to what end? This is more Burgundy perhaps, richly textured and with a sappy vegetal character. Always a blend of vintages.
Location: next to the cellar on the Hauts de Huire between Quincié and Beaujeu
Size: 0,35 ha
Age: re-planted between 2000 and 2016 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 inox tank to ferment with natural yeasts, without sulfur, without temperature control, the malo taking place naturally. Tanks are blended in November. The bottled wine is usually a blend of vintages according to taste, space in the tanks, the yield of the year, a mix of practical and aesthetic reasons. A gram of sulfur is usually added at bottling to protect the wine as it travels.
Vintage Notes Release December 2020
A blend of 50% 2018, 20% 2019, 30% 2020.
Fred commented that the more the years get hot and dry, such as 2019 and 2020, less there’s malic acid in the grapes which makes easier a sans soufre vinification.
Date harvested: 2020-09-08
Yield hl/ha: 35
Date bottled: 2020-12
Bottles produced: 1,200
Alcohol %: 13
SO2 Total: 90
Tasting: salty baked apple, green pineapple, white pepper, both vegetal and honeyed, mineral, very fresh, pure, and lively. Elegant and clear.