Chenin - Loire, 2011
This estate is one of the most renowed in the appellation and follows lutte raisonnée - literally “reasoned fight” - where chemical treatments are used only when absolutely necessary. Elegant, immpeccable balance, highly aromatic and outstanding value. A traditional method wine which easily holds its own.
Syrah/Grenache - Roussillon, 2011
Moonstruck perhaps, Jean-François Nicq converted his entire (though tiny) 14 ha estate to biodynamic practice on purchase in 2002. Taking on some old vines and making wines to be shared with friends, this naturally produced, unfiltered vin de soif, offers an explosion of red fruits, strawberry jam, spice and crunch in multi-layered waves.
Gamay - Beaujolais, 2013
In 1981, led by Marcel Lapierre (one of the “gang of four”), this estate pioneered the revolutionary return to traditional practices in the vineyard and effectively launched the natural wine movement.
The 2013 vintage produced a wine rich with cherry, liqourice and violet. Light tannins and great balance.
Gamay/Pinot Noir - Loire, 2013
Produced by Hervé Villemade, this stunning vintage has already sold out at the estate. Harvested by hand, the organic grapes arrive at the cellars in prime condition for fermentation. The 50:50 Gamay/Pinot Noir blend produces a delightfully fresh and light rosé, perfect for sipping or try with a dry goats’ cheese.
Folle Blanche - Loire, 2013
Produced by Pierre Luneau Papin, an 8th generation winemaker, in Gros Plant - 20km from Nantes.
A clear, bright, lemon-yellow colour with citrus and white flowers on the nose. Bright acidity, slight saltiness and balanced minerality with pleasant tart notes. Aged six months sur lie. Delicious as an apéritif or try with oysters, grilled tuna or fish and chips.
Macabeu/Rolle and Carrignan Blanc - Côtes Catalanes, 2013
Founded in 1992 by Alain Carrère, the vineyards have been organic since 2007. Hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts, this wine presents white peach, hints of citrus with good minerality and a long finish. Excellent really cold with pulled pork.
Grenache/Carrignan/Syrah - Languedoc, 2013
Famille Guibert started this estate in 1974 from bare earth. Supported by research from Prof. Henri Enjalbert and oenologist Emile Peynaud they farm biodynamically and have recieved broad critical acclaim. Made in stainless steel, vivid, fruity and light.
Rojal - Alicante, 2013
This low-yield vineyard is run with an enormous amount of time and effort spent to ensure the quality of each and every grape grown. Only 1,000 bottles of each cuvée are produced. This wine, aged in tinajas, is not quite a red, not quite a rosé. Minimum intervention on the vine and in the cellar produce an unfiltered, fresh, easy to drink bottle with cherry, apple, herbs and spice. Enjoy alone or with grillades.
Gamay/Grolleau Noir - Loire, 2013
Made using Méthode Ancestrale by Agnès and René Mosse this wine is not disgorged which means the yeast and sediment is left in the bottle producing a cloudy, flavour-packed wine. A cult wine, popular as an apéritif with vibrant sparkle, pink flowers, red apples and strawberries. This wine will change colour and flavour once open. No two glasses will the same - a truly natural wine! Try with grilled shrimp or tapas.
Cabernet Franc - Loire, 2013
The grapes for this wine are pressed by foulage on David Sebastien’s 5 ha biodynamic vineyard. Natural yeasts ferment this personality-filled wine which offers pure fruit, spice, slight pine and cheer. Aged in clay amphora by a true wine fanatic, hurluberlu roughly translates as eccentric - a local nickname for the winemaker! No added sulphur, unfiltered and unfined. Drinks beautifully on its own or with terrine.
Pinot Grigio - Friulia, 2009
An orange wine which spends three days macerating with its skins and pips. This produces the beautiful ramato (copper) colour and intensifies flavours. The grapes are from 70 year old vines, in a family owned 8 ha organic vineyard, harvested at the peak ripeness by hand. Toasted almonds, dry fruits, red apples and a sweet-nuttiness, beautiful acidity and long balanced finish. Great with antipasti, grilled chicken or fish.
Negrette/Gamay - Fronton, 2013
Marc Penavayer produced only 22,000 bottles of this organic wine fermented by wild yeasts on a 16ha estate. Using the rare Negrette grape (originating from Iraq), this unfiltered and unfined supple wine has good concentration, redcurrants, liqorice and violets. Drinks well with tapas, barbecued foods and as an apéritif.
Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier - Surrey, 2013
This first wine produced by Albury Vineyard in the North Downs, refers to the Silent Pool where crime writer Agatha Christie mysteriously vanished for 11 days in 1926. A handpicked and organic wine which offers strawberries, cherries and reserved elegance.
Grenache Gris/Grenache Blanc - Minervois, 2012
Nicole and John Bojanovski make this biodynamic wine to enjoy with friends. The tiny 8.5 ha low-yield estate is surrounded by mountains and produces a serious wine which was planned as a rosé but became a fresh, complex, mineral white. Great with sardines.