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Grolleau Noir is only found at this end of the Loire, and is usually just a blending grape. Here the grapes undergo 3 weeks of whole bunch semi-carbonic maceration, which transforms the tough and rustic Grolleau into an entirely different creature altogether. Smooth and juicy with red berries, plums, black pepper and an interesting umami note, refreshing acid and chalky tannins.

Cuvée Rouge aux Lèvres, Julie et Toby Bainbridge, Anjou, Loire

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