The Brighter Cider of Life 2021

The Brighter Cider of Life 2021 Cider / Alc. 6,5% The base of this cider is 100% juice of apples, the variety Red Winter. We made a quick direct press in October. This first part of the fermentation took place in fiber tanks in our little cellar in Valvignères. But the cider was fermenting very fast and already shortly after it was ready to be bottled and left to finish the fermentation in bottles in matter to create bubbles. It fermented in bottles close to six months until it was to be disgorged in April 2022. We took out and away the lees and sediments from the fermentation, but instead of topping up with the same cider, we topped up with a 2021 wine of Viognier. The Viognier improves the expression of the acidity, helps to balance the flavors of the apples, make the cider less cider-like and more vinous. We’re very happy for this decision, that gives our cider a brighter, fresher and drier expression than what you normally find in a French cider.

On s'éloigne.. ..on s'approche Alsace 2017

Gewurtraminer 2017 Alc. 15,25% We wanted to wait for this wine to express something unexpected. For years it gave us only the obvious image of Gewürztraminer. Aromatic fruit as litchi, white peaches, and even jasmine flowers, but not really any elegance. But ones the oxidation started to kick in, it changed the wine and gave it a new direction. It created a new structure and balance. The young fruit became light caramelized, the acidity and the saltiness meet in the oxidation and the wine itself went from having a young fluttering expression to an older and more serious structure. The wine is made in the same way as “Wear me like a flower” inspired by the wines from 2015: Two nights of oxidation of the juice which means that the juice is left in a big open container, for the sediments to fall and to start the fermentation in good way. Afterwards it has been fermenting 6 months outside in fiber tank, followed by 3 ½ years of fermentation and aging in 10 years old barriques.

I hope everyday
Ardèche 2021

Rosé / Petillant Naturel 2021 Alc. 13% Assemblage of Syrah (45%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), and a little bit of Grenache Noir (5%) All directly pressed, followed by fermentation in fiber tank. Shortly after the wine was bottled and left to finish the fermentation in bottles and to create bottles. It was disgorged during December 2021.







I like it when you fingertips slide through my hair
Ardèche 2020

Viognier 2020 Alc. 12,75%.

A 4 day long and slow direct press of Viognier from the old vines of Domaine du Mazel. The combination of the way the wine was pressed and the time it spends in barrels, has given the wine a very solid structure of acidity, bitterness as well as an intriguing salty finish. Nothing like the classic expression of Viognier.

 

Quand tu balances jeg te tiens au bout du doigt, et je te ramène vers moi
Ardèche 20210

Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc and Carignan 2020 Alc. 13,5% Originally this wine was meant to be white - A blend of Marsanne and Sauvignon Blanc. But the two juices didn't work well together, so in the end of the harvest, we decided to add some direct pressed Carrigan. It made the wine better, but it didn't take us exactly all the way to where we wanted to be with this wine. We ended up adding a little bit of destemmed grapes of Carignan, to macerated for about 6 weeks. The light red juice went into barrels and the following year the wine fermented in demi-muids. Both juices was pressed direct during 3-4 days.

Poetry Is Growing in Our Garden Notes: 2013-2020

These are Anders' notes on wine-making and wine-drinking, but they’re also the doubts and deviations of any learning process and the work that goes into forming any kind of practice.

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The sound of people clapping improves when it's raining
Ardèche 2020

Grenache noir/Grenache blanc 2020 Alc. 13,75%. This wine was thought as an experiment - more than any other wine we recently have made. We made a 5 day long press direct of Grenache Noir. Every day we separated the juice and kept a part. We decided to make a blend of the first and the last day of the press (the rest we saved for another wine). We added some Grenache Blanc as well. This wine is therefore technically a rosé, but we call it a red - even though no maceration has taken place.





Si tu chantes avec moi, on chantes tous ensemble
Ardèche 2019

Grenache Blanc 2019 Alc. 14,5% This wine is the juice from the very last day of a 4 day press direct of Grenache Blanc. The juice was so caramelized and oxidized that it was difficult for us to like it. Therefor we didn't felt like blending it with the rest. We kept the juice apart in a demi-muid to ferment for about two years. Now it's in bottles and has become one of our favorites. It confirms that you never really know, what there will be at the end of the road, until you’ve walked all the way. (Note: despites the color is it not an orange wine)

I hate to say Goodbye
Ardéche 2019

Grenache noir/Carignan 2019 Alc. 13,75 “I hate to say Goodbye” is the last part of a juice from a devatting of Carignan 2019. The juice had a color between dark violet and deep black and was close to be undrinkable. For that reason, we kept the juice apart for some time and by chance we had some Grenache Noir left which turned out to work very well with the Carignan and it created a new balance in the wine. We left the wine in old barriques for about a year before bottling and then another 18 months in bottles. We now find the wine ready to be drunk and to say goodbye to us.

Wear me like a flower Alsace 2018

Pinot Blanc 2018 Alc. 14,75% It took some time for this wine to find its place and to open up. When it finally did, it was with an aromatic explosion as big white roses during summer. The aroma of this wine is so powerful and at same time so fragile - with a long fresh taste of citrus and a light salty bitterness from the barrique and the oxidation. This wine made in the same way as the whites from 2015; Two nights of oxidation of the juice which means that the juice is left in a big open container, for the sediments to fall and to start the fermentation in good way. Afterwards it has been fermenting 6 months outside in fiber tank, followed by 2 1/2 years of fermentation and aging in 10 years old barriques.