Producers

La Vrille et le PapillonArdèche, France

Méryl and Géraldine Crozier established themselves in the village of Valvignères in 2012 after Méryl had cut his teeth making wine in Madiran in the South West and Mâcon in Burgundy. On returning to the family vineyards and eventually taking the reins, on the advice of Gérald Oustric of Le Mazel, the Croziers stopped supplying grapes to the local co-op, obtained organic certification, and their 5 beautifully verdant hectares of Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc & Viognier became La Vrille et le Papillon. The vines all sit over rocky limestone and clay soils and enjoy the moderating efect of the mistral wind as it funnels through the valley. In the cellar fermentations occur naturally and nothing is added.

The Croziers are fans of experimentation and, in addition to a regular set of cuvées, each vintage often throws up a list of exciting debut wines too. They have even encouraged their young son, Achille, to get involved. His his own wine, Canon d’Achille, was an out-and-out hit the two years he made it - not bad for a 14 year-old! As well as being keen to try new things, in recent times this has often been ingenuity born from the various climactic struggles they have faced, as unseasonal frost and hail has caused severe losses for the family, as it has for many others. Alongside their Ardèchoise varietals, Méryl has also planted some hybrid vines, curious to see what potential they may hold in the future. Whatever the means, La Vrille et le Papillon wines are always fruit-driven, herbaceous and possess spry aromatic qualities; everything we love in wine from this region.

La Vrille et le Papillon Wines

La Vrille et le Papillon
Novemberlot NV

The Croziers always like to experiment each year, but Novemberlot is a real one-off. Following the frost of 2021, where many of the grapes were lost, inexplicably in November of the same year the vines had rarely-seen second budding, producing some small bunches of grapes. Seen by Meryl and Geraldine as a sort of consolation for the earlier losses, they were harvested and vinified, then blended with the rest of the 2021 Merlot from the first harvest. Find out more.

  • Region Valvignères, Ardèche, France
  • Grapes Merlot
  • Vineyard Organic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£22

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La Vrille et le Papillon
Q Blanc 2021

La Vrille's entry white, made from younger vines of Ugni Blanc, that lesser-sung French sibling of Trebbiano. Much the same as that Italian grape, it offers yellow fruits with something a little saline and mineral. There is also a lovely oily citrus quality and the softness of ripe pears that ensures a bottle of this wine doesn't hang around for long. Find out more.

  • Region Valvignères, Ardèche, France
  • Grapes Ugni Blanc
  • Vineyard Organic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£21.50

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