Domaine La Taupe | VDF 'Bruno, Bert & Co' 2018

Thésée, Loire Valley, France.

Little dark berries with big juicy aromas and an element of iron. A dark powerhouse! Smells like the 2016 but with more grunt. Big full mid palate, with layers and layers of flavours that unfold and reveal themselves over time. Charcoal, deep black minerals, blackberry and dark chocolate. I love the length here - and the acidity which is perfectly integrated and ever so slightly tart. For a bigger wine it's still so fresh, with a very lively vibe. This is a food wine, one to watch over a few hours while sharing a winter feast. A great wine to drink now, or to age as well. - Ryan Larkin, Importer

Grapes: 100% Côt
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
40% whole bunch, short maceration in fibreglass, then aged in 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.