A brand new 2020 wine from Laurent, made using two different varieties of Pineau d'Aunis bought in from outside of his Clos Roche Blanche domaine - the grapes here coming from Domaine de Cambalu in neigbouring Francueil. The grapes undergo a 6-day maceration and the wine is completed in tank, keeping the delicate fruit impeccably fresh. The colour is a bright, vibrant ruby in the glass and the cracked white peppercorn notes we love from this varietal intertwine fantastically well with all the little red and black forest fruits. Prime chiller summer red right here; a real lip-smacker.
Laurent spent a lot of time in New York earlier in his life, managing at Balthazar and starting one of the first natural wine bars in New York, Ici. Eventually he decided to try his hand at producing the wines he had fallen in love with and moved to the Loire valley working with other producers like Noella Morantin, making his own wines on the side and eventually purchasing half of the historic and beautiful Clos Roche Blanche vineyard, farmed organically beforehand by Catherine & Didier Barouillet who still live in the house on site. Through this time he has retained a presence in New York through his wines, even doing an exclusive cuvee for ex-Balthazar head chefs Riad Nasr & Lee Hanson's new spot Frenchette. Fortunately he did save some wine for the UK and we have a few different bottles from his 2018 vintage.