La Vrille et le Papillon (Ardèche)

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 hectares of Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc & Viognier became La Vrille et le Papillon. The Merlot vineyard for their ‘Celle d’en Face’ cuvée good-naturedly references the fact the vines sit directly opposite the co-operative cellars from which they withdrew their fruit. The vines all sit over calcareous limestone and clay soils and enjoy the moderating effect of the mistral wind as it funnels through the valley. In the cellar fermentations occur naturally and nothing is added. The wines are fruit-driven, herbaceous and possess spry aromatic qualities; everything we hope for in wine from this region.

  • La Vrille et le Papillon Z Rouge 2018 | Wayward Wines

    La Vrille et le Papillon Z Rouge 2018

    Great to have some stock of a back vintage that is benefitting from that extra bit of time in the cellar. Z Rouge is a blend of roughly 50/50 Syrah and Merlot. The Merlot sees only tank, but the Syrah is fermented and raised in old barrels for 9 months,...

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  • La Vrille et le Papillon La Tribu 2020 | Wayward Wines

    La Vrille et le Papillon La Tribu 2020

    Bright, herby Grenache, with plenty of juicy character and big aromas of flowers and spice. Fermented in the cabonic maceration style, to keep tannins low and dial up that black and red fruit, the wine is also raised in cuve to keep the supple character...

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  • La Vrille et le Papillon Les Fees Papillon 2020 | Wayward Wines

    La Vrille et le Papillon Les Fees Papillon 2020

    Generous rosé of Syrah with ripe strawberry fruits upfront, a gentle waft of wild herbs and some savoury structure beneath. A short maceration on the skins bleeds in a flash of colour and adds substance. A pleasingly versatile wine, with lots to...

    £16.50
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  • La Vrille et le Papillon Caprice du Chameau 2019/20 | Wayward Wines

    La Vrille et le Papillon Caprice du Chameau 2019/20

    Savoury, textured Viognier from the windswept Western Rhône. A warm gold in the glass, there is ripe, mouth-coating apricot fruit and some prickly spice at its core; a wonderful example of how this grape can be expressed in this part of France. A...

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  • La Vrille et le Papillon Q Blanc 2020 | Wayward Wines

    La Vrille et le Papillon Q Blanc 2020

    Incredibly tasty wine 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 - but there is also a lovely oily citrus...

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