Ad Vinum Levat 2016

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Gard, Côtes du Rhône, France
Clairette, Grenache & Cinsault
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

"I am from Normandy. When I was young I was in the punk movement and also found myself in business school. After a few years I was bored with school and had no idea what to do with my life. Every Saturday a friend and I would finish partying at 5 o’clock in the morning and end up in his dad’s cave drinking wine. After a while I thought to myself, if I am going to drink wine at 5 o’clock in the morning maybe I should learn how to make it?  At the beginning I spent ten days in a big, shitty, chemical vineyard in the Loire before René Mosse asked me to come and work at his domaine. It was supposed to just be for a couple of weeks, but I ended up staying four years. I learned how to work in the vineyard and and discovered natural wine. It was fresh, different and in the morning I had no headache. A dream for a guy like me.  I moved to Paris and worked at Le Chateaubriand for seven years which I spent discovering the wine regions and vignerons of the world. Even before I moved to Paris my idea was to one day make wine. I fell in love with this region because of the big diversity in grapes, climates and soils. It is like a big playground that I am just beginning to understand.'

We have a few bottles left of this wine from 2016, Seb's first vintage. Levat is a chunky and robust pink wine, or light red depending on how you look at it, that plays on the tradition of wine under the Tavel appellation which can only ever be rosé (now read 'Levat' backwards...). In our opinion this wine is in a great place now it's had a bit of time in bottle after its release. The red fruits are rich, compact and bright and there is a toffee-like undertow lending depth and heft. Wine for the party or wine for the table, two instances Seb would highly approve of.