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Added sulphur is not the enemy—after all, wine naturally contains it—but we do love drinking bottles where its use is restrained.
In this pack San Sa! and Indigene are made without, and Coquette sees only a soupçon of 10ppm (10g/L), widely considered negligible.
Caveat emptor: sans soufre wine may still cause hangovers...
2020 Castelmaure 'San Sa!' Languedoc, France
The co-op Castelmaure is made up of 150 like-minded farmers in the region of Corbieres. An appellation known for wines of density and power is in this instance eschewed for freshness, interest and a level of energy not seen in similar producers.
Medium in body, tannin and acidity, it’s an absolute winner both at and away from the table. And it’s bottled without any sulphur additions whatsoever!
2021 Clos Maurice 'Coquette' Saumur Rose Loire Valley, France
The Hardouin family has farmed vineyards in the Loire’s appellations of Saumur and Saumur-Champigny since 1783! However, the most exciting chapter for this estate began in 2017 when the great Loire vigneron Nicholas Reau took over farming and winemaking.
100% cabernet franc fermented and aged in stainless steel for a wonderfully fresh disposition. Great concentration with inflections of red flowers and fresh herbs. Drink cool not cold to allow the texture to come to the fore.
2021 Nicolas Reau 'Indigene' Muscadet Loire Valley, France
Nicolas was a jazz and blues pianist until he was twenty-two at which age he swapped scales for secateurs. He studied winemaking and viticulture at Montreuil then supplemented those studies with more at Bordeaux. He now farms 5.5ha of cabernet franc and chenin blanc at his estate, Clos de Treilles.
It is, of course, made from melon de bourgogne as all Muscadet must be. It is fermented and aged for nine months in stainless steel on fine lees and bottled without fining, filtration or sulphur. Criminally refreshing, built for oysters and other seadwellers.