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Laurent Saillard Scarlette 2019

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Touraine, Loire, France
Pineau d'Aunis
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on just a small amount of Laurent's Pineau d'Aunis made in tiny quantities on a small parcel outside of the Roche Blanche vineyard which providers the vast majority of his grapes. He gave the fruit a 7-day whole bunch maceration before pressing, then a short élevage in barrel. As with all of his 2019s, no sulphites were added. It's a very bright style, with lush fruit, very smooth tannins and those beautiful prickly white pepper aromatics that make this grape so distinctive.

French-born Laurent started one of the first natural wine bars in New York and eventually made the move into producing himself. He started off working for other growers, principally Noëlla Morantin (who we import ourselves), making his own wines on the side. But when the historic Clos Roche Blanche vineyard came up for sale he, in conjunction with fellow producer Julien Pineau, bought the vineyard from Didier & Catherine and they split the vineyard between them. His wines are clean, bright and punchy.