La Vrille et le Papillon Le Canon d'Achille 2020

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REGION:
Valvignères, Ardèche, France
GRAPES:
Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD:
Organic
CELLAR:
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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The second vintage of this hugely popular wine made by Méryl and Géraldine's teenage son, Achille. This is a decidedly juicy carbonic maceration of Cabernet Sauvignon, made in that glouglou style with good times in mind. Treated in this way the grape gives off day-glo aromas of blackcurrant and soapy red cherry, with floral lavender notes hanging in the background. Tannins are dialled-back, but not completely absent, ensuring the wine still retains structure. Served lightly chilled, this is pure pleasure!

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, whom we also work with), 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 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. These unassuming, quietly brilliant wines are fruit-driven, herbaceous and possess spry aromatic qualities; everything we hope for from this region.