La Vrille et le Papillon Z Blanc 2019

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Valvignères, Ardèche, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Z Blanc is 100% Viognier that bursts with generous tropical fruit. This year, for the first time, the grapes have been macerated on their skins for 3 days before being pressed into demi-muid to complete fermentation and then left on the lees for ten months. Big aromas, distinct apricot stone fruit, a racy line of acid and a spicy note of anise in the finish that balances the broad, bitter notes you'll find in this grape when grown in this climate. Textured and full - our favourite vintage of this wine so far.

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.