2014 VDF 'Grolleau Noir'
Certified organic. Grown on schist soils in Saint-Georges-sur-Layon. Fermented in tank in whole bunches, then punched down by foot. Malolactic fermentation, no racking, then pressed in a vertical press slowly before being aged on lees for 6 months – 50% in old wood and 50% in tank. Bottled with a touch of SO2, without filtration.
When you smell this you get exotic spices, perhaps Egyptian perfume. You could say musky with hints of potpourri - there are no real fruit characteristics on the nose, more just floral scents. And - make sure you give it time to open up, as it's been sleeping for a while... I think a slight chill is good, but up to you, and it depends on the season. It's still slightly crunchy in texture, with bright, yet dark berry fruits. You will find a savouriness to it, giving it added complexity. There is ample tension, as is there length. This is a quality wine that has been made with focused care, and is an awesome expression of the variety. At 11.2%, it's easy, yet it has depth. For serious wine drinkers looking to try a new variety, without veering too far from the straight and narrow. Nice gentle, mouth watering acidity to round out the finish too.