Patricia & Rémi Bonneton - L’Alezan La Rescapée 2019

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Étables, Ardèche, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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We're very excited to offer some of Patrica & Remi's more serious domaine wine under the L'Alezan label for the first time. La Rescapée is 100% Syrah, made using the best selections from their tiny parcel of old vines planted over rocky sandstone in incredibly steep south-facing terraces. At some 80 years, this is one of the oldest parcels in the area. Whole bunches are crushed by foot and left to macerate for ten days, lending age-worthy tannic structure. The wine is then raised in a mixture of demi-muid and clay tinaja (brought in from Spain) for a year before bottling. It is a Syrah that is very much Northern Rhône in style - deep, sumptuous blackcurrant fruit with black olive and prominent, but fine-grained tannins. These wines are designed to go the distance, and while drinking well now have the potential to be cellared for decades to come. 

Rémi Bonneton started working the vineyards of the Northern Rhône in the early 2000s, not tending vines or harvesting grapes, but working with his two horses, Suspens and Palynka, offering his unique services to plough the soils at some of the most coveted domaines in this part of France. After making a little of his own wine along the way, cut to 2013 and Rémi and Patricia, his wife, found their very first vineyard parcel of Syrah on the steep slopes of the Doux Valley right at the very northern tip of the Ardèche, which despite the sheer terracing is still worked à la Bonneton: by horse and plough. It’s physical, demanding work and no light undertaking - perfect for Rémi who in his previous life was a professional rower. Their domaine totals just under 2 hectares and includes another parcel close to Tournon Sur Rhône planted with Roussanne and Marsanne on a hill straddling the border to the Northern Rhône that sits opposite the iconic vineyards of Cornas and Saint-Joseph. The vines see no chemical treatments and this approach is followed into the cellar where the wines ferment spontaneously and have nothing added. The wine using grapes from these vineyards is bottled as L’Alezan. As they start to work towards their ambitious visions for the future (a big conversion build for their own cellars at their farmhouse in Étables, an experimental planting of Albariño, acquiring more parcels) they buy grapes from other growers further afield to up their production - these wines are bottled as La Tangente.