Rémi Sédès, Samplemousse
A rosé with structure and a bit about it, grapefruit and citrus flavours packed up by fresh red berries. Rich and rounded, this vintage has a beautiful bright acidity.
Place: Coteaux d’Ancenis, Nantes, France
Hailing from the Jura, Rémi studied agronomy when he arrived in the area to live with his Nantes-born wife. He worked for a couple of years with Vincent Caillé, and then spent time honing his red winemaking skills in Bordeaux before setting up on his own in 2013.
Rémi started with a plot of 20-year-old isolated vines that he leases from local biodynamic ‘grandfather’ Jacques Caroge. In 2017 he added a small parcel of Melon and Chardonnay.
Part of winemaking for Rémi is a lifestyle choice; he wants to work outdoors, in the fresh air, and not with machines – his Shire horses are an important part of his winemaking process.
Rémi is a Gamay specialist, and this was a key factor in choosing to work in Ancenis – where half of production in the area is red.
In the cellar Rémi works with minimal use of sulphur (only sometimes added on bottling).
The soil is micro granite - which suits Gamay particularly well - with a mix of clay, sand and limon underneath. Gamay is vigorous, the acidity helps to reduce yields, and Gamay on granite will make wine that can age. There is an Oceanic climate, with less rain than the Southern Loire; the River protects the Coteaux d’Ancenis.