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Zero Zero

Domaine La Taupe | VDF 'Carnix' 2018

Thésée, Loire Valley, France.

Aromas of brambly black and red berries. Power with freshness. Violets and limestone. To taste it's all black cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate. A big wine that demands food. It has a very solid spine with great structure, and I love the sandy tannins on the finish. Jam packed full of density with long lingering flavours. Perfume explodes after one hour, and the wine lightens up a bit. Because of this, a decant can work in your favour. A great winter wine, to drink now or to age. - Ryan Larkin, Importer

Grapes: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ferment: Wild
Fining/Filtration: No
Organic: Yes - Certified
Biodynamic: Yes - Certified
Sulphur: No

Grape Growing
Situated on the ancient riverbed of the Cher River between Thésée et Monthou in the Loire et Cher valley. The vineyards are absolutely stunning here - not only scenic, surrounded by forest - the biodiversity is incredible. There are vegetable gardens between the parcels, fruit trees, bee hives, as well as birds, insects and butterflies, which can be seen everywhere.

Wine Making
30% whole bunch, 7 days maceration in fibreglass. Transferred to old barrels for 12 months. Zero SO2.

The first vintage purely made by Bert & Nicole, in the cellar they still do most things like Bruno - natural fermentation, no additives, no sulfites at any stage, de-stemming by hand, no fining or filtering, bottling by gravity (every bottle done manually by hand, a huge job). The only thing they have changed is the élevage, where Bert has decided to experiment in tank instead of barrel for some cuvées. In 2018 they also aged the wines for a bit less than Bruno usually did. And so the wines still display every essence of the vineyards, just with Bert and Nicole's own little twist.