En Liberté, Christophe Lindenlaub
En Liberté, 2020, Christophe Lindenlaub
A fun, macerated pet-nat with light bubbles and plenty of fruit
Region: Alsace, France
Grape(s): Pinot Girs
Low Sulphur: Zero
Tasting Notes: White peach, pink grapefruit, ripe pear, yuzu
Christophe Lindenlaub comes from a wine family. They have been making wine in Dorlisheim (in the northern part of Alsace) for over 200 years. Since Christophe took over around a decade ago, having worked alongside his father since 1999, he started converting to organic farming – with certification coming in 2012. A couple of years later, he made the decision to go without any SO2 use in the cellar – and now the wines are as natural as they come. Mostly on clay and limestone soil, with vines aged between 30 and 60 years, the estate covers 12ha of typical Alsatian grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat & Gewürztraminer. Picking slightly early and almost exclusively using steel tanks are two of the hallmarks of Christophe’s wines – meaning they are packed full of acidity, freshness and energy.
From Pinot Gris vines between 30 and 40 years old planted on South/South-East facing vineyards at 700m altitude, this pet-nat is made from grapes that spend two days on the skins as whole bunches before being pressed into steel tanks. The wine is bottled with a few grams of residual sugar, to allow for fermentation to finish in the bottle. The wine is not disgorged, meaning there is a yeasty feel and cloudy appearance, together with the aromatic and ripe stone fruits and the typical Lindenlaub lick of acidity.