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Domaine De Montrieux, Picrochole

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A dryer vintage and the inclusion of the old vines has brought a little more concentration, depth and complexity.

In 2019 Ariane lost so much fruit to frost she decided to use the fruit of both young and old vines in one wine. A blend of young and most of her old vines of Pineau d'Aunis. 5 weeks of whole bunch maceration in an open stainless steel vat, Then ageing in fiberglass vat till the bottling end of August 2020. 



Grapes: Pineau d'Aunis

Place:  Loire, France

ABV: 13%

Colour: Red

Vintage: 2020




Ariane Lesné worked as a retailer, then a wine agent, then made the move into producing her own wines after falling in love with natural wine over a bottle of Emile Heredia’s Les Verres Des Poets in Paris. She worked at an estate in Burgundy for 5 years, before taking the opportunity to take over the reins at Emile Heredia's estate when he put it up for sale,at the end of 2014. She worked with Emile for the first vintage, but is now ploughing her own furrow in this little appellation, one of the very few in France to have Pineau d’Aunis as it’s AOC red varietal. She works tirelessly in the vineyards, where old vines sit in flinty topsoils with a deeper limestone bedrock, they have been without chemicals since 1999.. In recent years with loss of fruit due to frost and other factors she has supplemented the estate wines with her negociant project Goutte a Goutte; young wines of freshness and fruit.


Domaine De Montrieux, Picrochole



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