Axel Prüfer - Le Temps des Cerises 'Fou du Roi' 2020

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Beziers, Languedoc, France
Grenache, Carignan & Cinsault
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Equal parts of Carignan from basalt soils, Grenache and Cinsault from limestone based soils, each undergoing 15 days maceration in whole bunches. With a beautiful perfume and elegant structure, it is a delicate, translucent ruby red that really sees the benefit of a light chill. An altogether lighter touch than you may expect from this hot climate French region.

It does not take a long time in the company of Axel Prüfer to understand why he has gained legendary status in the natural wine scene. A man of incredible generosity of time and spirit, extremely hard-working and led by his convictions – he also happens to make fantastic wines! 

Based north of Beziers in the Languedoc, Le Mas Blanc is the home to the Temps Des Cerises cellar, but the vineyards lie higher up the hills in some of the most beautiful but inhospitable areas of the region. It is not easy to produce delicate and fresh wines from such a brutal environment, but Axel manages it year on year. Picking at the right moment and a delicate touch in the cellar are crucial. 

In the winery all grapes are fermented in whole bunches, including the whites, and see élevage in large tanks (mainly fibreglass). The cellar has been adapted so there is no need for a pump with all rackings fed by gravity.