Printemps, La Lunotte

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Printemps, 2019, La Lunotte 

An intense and deep rosé with lots of fruit - think of it as winter rosé

Region: Loire, France

Grape(s): Côt & Cabernet Sauvignon

Genre: Organic (in mentality, not stamp)

Low Sulphur: Yes

Tasting Notes: Bramble fruits, red plum, herbal tinge

Having worked as a teacher, Christophe Foucher of La Lunotte was not expecting life as a winemaker. Occassionally helping his father-in-law at his wife’s family’s Domaine, he got into winemaking but was not happy with the way they worked. He quit his teaching job and enrolled in a school to learn the basics of classic vinification – this was so he could understand what not to do! He set up La Lunotte in 2002 and he now has, through a combination of renting and owning, 5.5ha under his control – around half of which is Sauvignon Blanc and the rest is mixed between Menu Pineau, Gamay, Côt, Cabernat Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon. Working organically, and with almost no additions (he can spray a little Copper in the vineyards in extreme circumstances), Christophe is making wild wines with precision. He has mixed terroirs and is dismissive of the AOC status and all that it entails.

This dark rosé comes from an 80/20 blend of Côt (the name in Loire for Malbec) and Cabernet Sauvignon, which undergoes a short maceration before ageing in steel for a few months. No fining, filtration or additions of SO2, this is a wine that skirts the border between light red and dark rosé – so should be chilled and enjoyed in plentiful quantities. It has intense fruit characteristics of blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry and a little rose petal.