Axel Prüfer - Le Temps des Cerises 'La Peur du Rouge' Sparkling 2020

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Beziers, Languedoc, France
Chardonnay & Clairette
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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A wine Axel has only made on a couple of occasions when the vintage has suited. The base wine is the same as the Peur du Rouge, but some Clairette was harvested at the end of October and the juice from this was used to re-ferment the wine in bottle. A peachy and joyful sparkling with bags of charm, but sadly only a few cases made their way to our shores.

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.