Mai & Kenji Hodgson La Grande Pièce 2018

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Anjou, Loire, France
Grolleau & Gamay
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Mai & Kenji have made a name for themselves for producing rare and expressive wines from 4 hectares of vines they took on in Anjou after a journey that started at a Japanese winery Kenji was interning at, via Vancouver (Kenji's home and where he and Mai met) then to the Loire where they impulsively bought land and set about establishing themselves. Over a relatively short period of time they have begun to produce distinctive wines of great quality, although they themselves admit they are still learning to understand the potential of the land they work on.

La Grande Pièce is a blend of roughly two thirds Grolleau and one third Gamay. Even at full maturity, as here, Grolleau produces light, low alcohol wines with lots of acidity. The Gamay adds some big fruits and stony minerality. Limited quantities!