La Vrille et le Papillon
Fée Bulleuse 2022

  • Region Valvignères, Ardèche, France
  • Grapes Grenache
  • Vineyard Organic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
  • ABV 12%
  • Size 750ml

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About the wine

From a young parcel of Grenache Noir planted in 2018, the Croziers have experimented each year to use the grapes differently as the vines reach the maturity required to make a serious red. This year the harvest has been direct-pressed and turned into a sensationally good copper-blush pet-nat.

Tart red strawberry and crunchy russet apple bound with a beautifully racy acidity from these young vines, to mouthwatering effect. Disgorged twice by hand over 18 months sur latte, the wine is fresh, clean and with a gentle savoury depth from the lees contact. 600 bottles only for the world!

About La Vrille et le Papillon

Méryl and Géraldine Crozier established themselves in the village of Valvignères in 2012 after Méryl had cut his teeth making wine in Madiran in the South West and Mâcon in Burgundy. On returning to the family vineyards and eventually taking the reins, on the advice of Gérald Oustric of Le Mazel, the Croziers stopped supplying grapes to the local co-op, obtained organic certification, and their 5 beautifully verdant hectares of Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc & Viognier became La Vrille et le Papillon. The vines all sit over rocky limestone and clay soils and enjoy the moderating effect of the mistral wind as it funnels through the valley. In the cellar fermentations occur naturally and nothing is added. The Croziers are fans of experimentation and, in addition to a regular set of cuvées, each vintage often throws up a list of exciting debut wines too. They have even encouraged their young son, Achille, to get involved. His his own wine, Canon d’Achille, was an out-and-out hit the two years he made it - not bad for a 14 year-old! As well as being keen to try new things, in recent times this has often been ingenuity born from the various climactic struggles they have faced, as unseasonal frost and hail has caused severe losses for the family, as it has for many others. Alongside their Ardèchoise varietals, Méryl has also planted some hybrid vines, curious to see what potential they may hold in the future. Whatever the means, La Vrille et le Papillon wines are always fruit-driven, herbaceous and possess spry aromatic qualities; everything we love in wine from this region.

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