La Vignereuse 'CroiZADe' 2018


Only 3 left!

Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): Syrah and Duras

Localization: Gaillac, Southwest France

Tasting Notes: Ripe and juicy, this is a crisp wine, with red fruits and light tannins that are immediately attractive. Behind this fruity exterior, the structure will allow the wine to age further. Drink now or wait until 2022.

Notes: Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented in cement tanks for about 15 days with regular pumping over. The wine is bottled with a minimal addition of sulfur.

Food Pairing: Enjoy with grilled meats

The Domain: Before starting the Vignereuse, Marine Leys worked in film production, living in Canada, Ireland and eventually, Turkey. It was there that Marine found herself helping her employer plant a vineyard. She worked in the cellar and eventually took over the winemaking after studying in Beaune.  Deciding wine was more fun than film, Marine headed back to France in 2012, settling in Gaillac to work with, and learn from, her friends, the legendary Plageoles family.  Sufficiently tutored, she found 5 hectares of vines in Andillac and the Vignereuse project was launched in 2014. Gaillac, in the Southwest, might be one of the most underrated AOPs in France.  It definitely has some of the oldest vineyards, established in Roman times, with great soil and terroir. But the region has always been underestimated - no brand recognition, as in Burgundy or the Loire -- meaning that land prices are lower, and more innovation and experimentation can move in. So it makes sense that Gaillac is a hotbed for natural wine, with about 20 natty winemakers based here.

Marine makes her wine under the new Vin Nature appellation being tested in France, a classification requiring that grapes must come from certified organic vines, be hand-picked and produced using indigenous yeast. It also bans manipulations like thermovinification, reverse osmosis, flash pasteurisation and cross-flow filtration, and caps added So2 at 30ppm.