Emile Hérédia, Domaine de Montriuex
Naveil, Loire Valley, France
Emile owns 6 hectares of vines, dotted up against the border of the Loire Valley. He owns 1 hectare of Chenin Blanc and 5 hectares of Gamay and Pineau d'Aunis with vines up to 100 years old.
'The entire domaine is certified as organic, and there is minimal intervention in the cellar. The fruit is fermented whole in a sealed cuve, in an extreme version of carbonic maceration; instead of allowing the fermentation to complete in oxygen, as with conventional carbonic maceration, the cuve remains sealed, the berries macerating in the embryonic wine for as long as three months. Thereafter the wine is run off rather than pressed, filtered and bottled with sulphur dioxide.'
Restrained berries, dark fruit and an ethereal, dusty nature.