2019 VDF ‘L'Enchanteresse’
100% Pineau d’Aunis from Renaud’s oldest vines, with the very oldest planted in 1904. Two weeks whole bunch maceration in tank, then transferred underground by gravity into old barrels. Aged for 15 months. No fining or filtration. Zero SO2.
The old vines and extended ageing means that this is more serious than some of the glou glou examples we see of Pineau d'Aunis. It is however, still light-medium in weight - just with added depth and complexity. A proper wine with a huge amount of interest. Darker red rose in colour, with lighter tinges. Amazing, haunting perfume. A deep mix of spice and wild forest berries. Almost delicate potpourri notes – very unique. Perfume much cleaner than 2018 Adonis, with no noticeable VA this time. Some subtle woodsy/foresty, herby notes, with lovely spice and white pepper. The fruits are quite bright, and there is background cocoa dust. Silky mouthfeel and a full mid palate, without being dense. Clean, long, creamy, and at the same time straight. This is the perfect example of a well made, non-filtered wine because everything is still there, rather than having elements stripped away. We see the full picture. Layers of flavours and textures. Harmonious acidity, and a very fine grained structure. Almost Burgundy-esque in style. Lovely gentle tart finish. An old school style that has been captured and harnessed in an elegant and intriguing way. No one else makes Pineau d'Aunis like this. A brilliant and rare expression. Don't serve this too cold, it's better at around 16-18 degrees.