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Nouveau Nez, 2021

£30 per bottle
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Loire - France
Wine
White, Sparkling
Chenin Blanc
Montlouis-sur-Loire
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vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic & Biodynamic (certified)
  • Average age of vines: 20
  • Soil type: Clay, Flint, Limestone, Sand
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: 35 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Other

Additional Information

Mandatory hand-harvest, spontaneous fermentation, 10 months minimum on tirage, disgorged, nothing added, the final wine must have less than 2 g of residual sugars, and a minimum of 2.5 bars of pressure. To make this cuvée, we are using specific plots in Montlouis. The grapes are hand-harvested, picked perfectly ripe (12 to 13% potential depending on the vintage), sorted in the vineyard and pressed whole-cluster. When only 15 g or so of sugar are left, the wine is bottled, and aged a minimum of 10 months before being disgorged. Damien is trying more and more to expand the tirage, as the quality of the wine is getting better every year in order to gain complexity. 2021 is a dense, juicy version of Nouveau-Nez. The nose is explosive on quince paste, marzipan, seringa, lemon-verbena, a mix of Chenin and autolytic notes. The palate is first broad and dense to become sleeker and saltier to finish with smoke and iodine. The bubbles are remarkably creamy and lingering. 100% Chenin.
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Harvesting everything by hand - the chenin in successive tris - the grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press before being transferred by gravity to cold settle in inerted vats in the winery below. Fermentations are very much plot by plot and mainly variety by variety – with the exception of a plot planted with a mix of grolleau, gamay and malbec that goes to make the delightful Tournage Riant rosé. The stars are the barrel fermented dry Clef de Sol Montlouis and red Clef de Sol Touraine - Amboise, the wonderfully rich oak-matured (and unfiltered) cabernet franc Bécarre and the remarkable malbec Côt Vieilles Vignes. The 'new' oak-fermented Quatre Mains sauvignon is pretty good too. The only problem, clearly, are the tiny stocks after two years of 'galère', with yields way down due to frost and hail. Certified organic by ECOCERT since 2008, and biodynamic by BIODYVIN since 2014
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