Region: Provence, Loire Valley, Alsace, FRA
Variety: Grenache Blanc, Melon Blanc, Pinot Gris
Winemaker Patrice Béguet, born in the Jura, gave up Paris city life and returned to the Jura countryside with his wife, Caroline Hughes. They purchased heritage vineyards on great terroir, and set up a small winery under their house in Mesnay adopting sustainable viticulture practices and winemaking techniques.
They own 4.5 hectares of vineyard in the AOC Arbois appellation at over 300 metres above sea level, including one of the most coveted slopes of Arbois, Les Corvées, and a parcel on the famed Côte de Feule vineyards in Pupillin amongst others. The vines are typically 40 years old. Patrice has an environmentalist bent, sowing wild flowers, leguminous plants and cereals between vineyard rows. He works his vineyards biodynamically, applying yarrow, nettle, dandelion, chamomile and meadowsweet preparations.
A wine made from organic and Biodynamic fruit hand harvested by Patrice consisting of 40% Grenache Blanc (Mont Vontoux) 40% Melon de B. (Loire) and 20% Pinot Gris (Alsace). 30% is direct pressed, 40% undergoes a 4 week maceration in acacia and 30% sits on skins for 6 months in old oak. Bottled with no filtration and no sulphites at any stage.
Straw, copper and satsuma plum, metal, clove and cardamom. It's a little like an iced tea spiked with ginger and spices. Even safron makes an appearance. The flow of tannin is spot on for the weight and acidity. I could see myself drinking this with an urchin sushi. - Notes from the importer