La Grapperie, Adonis 2018
Diverse plots of old, healthy vines in the Loire and Renaud Guettier’s attention to detail to both farming and élevage yields chiseled, powerful wines of uncommon balance, elegance, and detail. The terroir is a combination of clay, flint, and limestone and farming is both meticulous and admirable, done organically and by hand, without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Grapes are handpicked and brought to his cave in a former quarry dug into the limestone cliffs where they are wild fermented, basket pressed, and fed by gravity to the cellar below. There they have a gentle élevage in old wooden casks, something Renaud considers vital when producing wines as he does, without anything added at any stage.
Pineau d’Aunis fermented as whole bunches for a couple of weeks before being pressed off to old barrels for a year of élevage. From a warmer year this is a little deeper, darker and spiced than previous vintages, with some neat little tannins to boot. Already expressive, it will only continue to impress over the coming years.
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