Patricia & Rémi Bonneton
La Tangente 'Potion' 2021

  • Region Étables, Ardèche, France
  • Grapes Carignan
  • Vineyard Organic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
  • ABV 12.5%
  • Size 750ml

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About the Wine

100% Carignan made using grapes bought in from friends farming organically in Luberon; the most south-easterly point of the Rhône, approaching Provence. The vines enjoy a more Mediterranean climate than their own in the northern Ardèche, and are planted over a mix of limestone and clay. 

The grapes are crushed by foot and see a gentle 10-day, whole-bunch maceration before being pressed off to old foudre and demi-muid barrels for 8 months, then bottled with no filtration and zero additions. Herbaceous fruit and savoury spice from the Carignan is perfectly balanced with a supple and elegant texture and a pleasing wire of acid. Like previous vintages, it retains some under-ripe pomegranate-like crunch, and something vegetal from the stems - this time with a hint of anise. Another great vintage of this tonic delight!

> A markedly different wine to the 2019 vintage that preceded it, Potion is, as always, 100% Carignan made using grapes bought in from friends farming organically in Luberon; the most south-easterly point of the Rhône, approaching Provence. The vines enjoy a more Mediterranean climate than their own in the northern Ardèche, and are planted over a mix of limestone and clay. This time around Patricia & Remi elected to pick the grapes a couple of weeks earlier than the year before, preserving some extra acidity in the grapes and keeping the finished alcohol down. Likewise in the cellar the method was more restrained; for little over a week the foot-crushed juice of the whole bunches was gently steeped with the stalks and skins before being pressed off to old foudre for 10 months then bottled with no additions. Herbaceous fruit and savoury spice from the Carignan is perfectly balanced with some underripe, Pomegranate-like crunch lending a tonic quality and a transluscent ruby shimmer. Our favourite vintage of this wine yet! Magnums are also available.

About Patricia & Rémi Bonneton

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 when he and his wife Patricia found their very first vineyard parcel of old-vine Syrah on the steep slopes of the Doux Valley, right at the very northern tip of the Ardèche. Despite the sheer terracing the land is 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. This domaine totals just under 2 hectares and includes another parcel close to Tournon Sur Rhône planted with Roussanne and Marsanne on a hill over the border in the Northern Rhône, sitting opposite the iconic vineyards of Cornas and Saint-Joseph. The vines at both sites see no chemical treatments and this approach is followed into the cellar where the wines ferment spontaneously and have nothing added. The 3000 or so bottles of wine produced each year from these vineyards is bottled as L’Alezan. This small surface of their own means that 90% of Patricia & Remi's annual output is through their négociant label, La Tangente. Some cuvées are repeated and carefully honed each year, seeking that perfect expression. Others embrace the spirit of creativity and are either a variation on a previous vintage or a completely new wine altogether. Everything is made in the mixture of cuve, demi-muid, foudre and clay amphora (specifically ‘tinaja’, imported from Spain) that live in the cellar beneath their house. They work with a network of friends and growers in other parts of France (mainly the Southern Rhône, Languedoc & Beaujolais) and buy in a dizzying amount of fruit - travelling with their harvest teams to pick the grapes themselves before transporting them back home to Étables. The logistical feat is highly impressive, and once one considers the finite amount of space in a cellar to press the fruit and make the wine, along with the art of harvesting fruit from multiple locations at exactly the right moment, the number of moving parts starts to inspire a feeling of vertigo. Patricia & Remi thrive under this pressure, and we believe that the way they push themselves each year is exactly why their wines are such a thrill to drink. Combined with their passionate stance against any additions being used in the wine whatsoever, they are an expression of personality like none we have tried before.

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