Les Vignes de Babass Joseph Anne Françoise 2018

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Layon, Loire, France
Chenin Blanc
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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100% signature Chenin Blanc with delicious fleshiness and mouth-coating depth. As with other 2018 wines from this area, they are transmitting the heat of a very hot ripening season. Thankfully, they can take it - amongst the complex layers of fruit and spices on show, the hallmark stony minerality is at its core, and the wire of acid is still ever-present. The smallest quantity of residual sugar lends succulence and there is a gentle, softly-perceived petillance upon opening. Rich, robust Chenin from one of the star producers of the region.

Babass is something of a legend in the natural wine world. He was formerly part of Domaine des Griottes and has now decided to go it alone with his 2.4 hectares of Cabernet Franc, Grolleau and Chenin Blanc. His wines sum up natural wine for a lot of people – wild but pure and compellingly drinkable. We're very excited to have received a small allocation of these sought-after wines.