DOMAINE DE LA GARRELIÈRE

2018 LE BLANC DE LA MARIÉE

About: This wine comes from three hectares of young Sauvignon Blanc vines, planted six-twelve years ago. At Pascale and François wedding, the attendees each planted a vine to commemorate the special occasion. Soils here are sand over limestone and silex. The grapes are lightly pressed into concrete where fermentation takes several weeks. The wine is lightly filtered before bottling. 12% ABV

2017 CENDRILLON

About: This wine come from older Sauvignon Blanc vines, averaging somewhere between forty and fifty years old. The vines are planted in aeolian sand over silex. The invigorate the soils by burning the pruned canes, mixing their ashes with water, and spraying it on the vineyard. The grapes are lightly pressed into tank to settle. It is racked once before fermentation starts. 1/3 is aged in neutral 500L barrel before assemblage, a light filtration, and bottling. 12.5% ABV

2018 CHENIN DE LA COLLINE

About: This wine is made from a 3.2ha plot of 30+-year-old Chenin Blanc planted on aeolian sand over silex. This wine was made as an ode to the south-facing slope they find their vineyard on and all the equinox parties they’ve thrown on top of it. They take three passes through this vineyard to harvest each bunch at optimal ripeness. The wine ferments for several weeks in concrete tank before élevage, a light filtration, and bottling. 13.5% ABV

2017 MARQUIS DE C

About: This wine come from a small plot of Chardonnay planted on sand and clay over limestone. Harvested nearly a month later than the Sauvignon Blanc, yields tend to be 1/3 less. After gentle pressing the juice ferments in 500L barrels, some of which are new or quite young. No batonnage is done, but the wine does rest on its full lees until bottling. The name is a play on an old story about a peasant wearing kingly boots; read into it what you will. 13% ABV

NV MILLIARD D’ÉTOILES

About: This wine is made from equal parts Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The Chenin is harvested at full maturity, while the Cabernet Franc is harvested the morning before the rest is picked for red wine. The grapes are direct pressed, gently as to not extract colour. Once the wine reaches 18-20g of residual sugar, it is bottled with 20% reserve wine from the last vintage aged in barrel. The wine finishes fermentation in bottle and then rests on lees for an entire year before it is put into pupitre for manual disgorging. It sees no sulphur before release. 12.5% ABV

2018 LE ROUGE DES CORNUS

About: This wine comes from a 2.3ha plot of 20-year-old Cabernet Franc vines. Soils here are silica and limestone rich clays. The grapes are harvest mid-October, destemmed, and fermented in concrete. Extraction was extremely light, with delicate remontage over twenty dys of maceration. The wine is then pressed of for élevage in concrete. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered. 12.5% ABV

2018 GAMAY SANS TRA LA LA

About: This wine is the result of a study done to compare organic and conventional farming. They found much higher quantities of resveratrol, a compound that defends plants against rots and funguses, in the organic grapes. This led François to believe his grapes could withstand long maceration times without sulphur. This wine comes from 30-40-year-old Gamay vines planted on sand and silex over limestone. The clusters spend four weeks under a blanket of CO2 before being pressed off post-carbonic-maceration for completion of alcoholic fermentation and malolactic conversion. The wine is bottled without fining, filtration, nor sulphur. 12.5% ABV

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2016 LE CINABRE

About: This wine comes from 40-50-year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted on wind-blown sand and flinty clay on the hillside. Soils here are infused with iron giving them a red glow, hence naming this wine after cinnabar, a red mineral pigment. This is their lowest yielding plot. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in tank for three weeks before being pressed off into barrel, some of which are quite new. After a year in barrel the wine is racked and bottled without filtration. 12.5% ABV