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La Lunotte Eau Nice 2018

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Touraine, Loire, France
Pineau d'Aunis
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

The first wine Christophe Foucher has made using Pineau d'Aunis - an interesting fact (for those who appreciate a certain level of detail) is that the fruit from this particular vineyard parcel is normally bought by neighbouring winemaker Olivier Lemasson to blend with a little Gamay to make his 'Poivre et Sel' cuvée. In the 'salt and pepper' of that particular wine's name, Pineau d'Aunis is without doubt the pepper. It's an intriguing grape with delicate, thin skins that favours the cool of the Loire and even further north, if possible. The fruit evokes brambly hedgerow berries - tart and fresh, but it's the dusting of finely-ground white pepper that makes it so identifiable. Like this fine example, the wines are pale and benefit from drinking at cellar temperature.

La Lunotte is ran by the enigmatic Christophe Foucher, making very clean, pure and delicious wines always without additions in his tiny Chai in Couffy, near the Touraine river. He is permanently relaxed and certainly enjoys a good time, but his winemaking is very, very precise and farming impeccable. He’s been here since 2002 when he gave up work as an engineer and teacher. All of his wines are bottled without sulphur and are unfiltered and unfined. Vineyard work is biodynamic but not certified.