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2019 Benoit Courault Anjou-Saumur "Les Rouliers", VdF, France

2019 Benoit Courault Anjou-Saumur "Les Rouliers", VdF, France

$39.99

  • 2019 Benoit Courault Anjou-Saumur "Les Rouliers", VdF, France

    2019 Benoit Courault Anjou-Saumur "Les Rouliers", VdF, France

    $39.99 Excl. tax

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      The grapes undergo 10 days of whole cluster fermentation which brings out the dark fruit - blackberries and Bing cherries. It has a perfect balance of superfine tannins, bright acid and some green forest floor on the finish.

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      ABOUT THIS WINE

      Les Rouliers comes off of a northwest-facing slope in the “Vieux Moulin” lieu-dit. It undergoes a 10-day whole-cluster maceration, fermenting with only native yeasts, and is aged for one year in neutral barrels before bottling. No fining or filtration.

      ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

      Loire native Benoit Courault grew up the son of a horse trader before setting his sights on winegrowing. He enrolled in oenology school in Beaune and was taught the full roster of conventional techniques: systematic sulfuring at harvest, fermentation by lab yeast, etc. But after discovering the wines of so-called naturalists like Yvon Métras, he knew he wanted to adhere to a different set of rules—those that focus on soil health, a view of the vineyard as part of a harmonious ecosystem, and winemaking free of synthetic entrants. He followed up his studies with apprenticeships at L’Anglore in Tavel and Domaines des Sablonettes in the Côteaux du Layon before finding a humble 12-acre plot in Faye d’Anjou planted to vines, with an old shed he could transform into a winery and an airstream trailer he could call home.

      Courault farms his Cabernet Franc, Grolleau and Chenin Blanc meticulously and is quick to tell any visitors that it took years for the soil to recover from the use of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers and regain life and its natural balance. He also keeps an entourage of farm animals, including a draft horse that helps with plowing and transporting harvest bins to the winery. And in another bout of bootstrap ingenuity, he set up a cooperative with Olivier Cousin and other local growers to share the cost and use of expensive farm tools.

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