La Vrille et le Papillon - Q Blanc 2018 - 750ml Bottle
Regular price £18.50
From a small parcel of Ugni Blanc, a mere 1000 bottles of Q Blanc get produced each year. It’s a direct-press of the grape, fermented in tanks and left completely unfiltered, giving the wine a cloudy opacity and plenty of texture. Like most white wines of the French south there is a broadness to the palate, with lots of oily lemon citrus and a savoury quality.
Méryl and Géraldine Crozier established themselves in the village of Valvignères in 2012 after Méryl had cut his teeth making wine in Madiran in the South West and Mâcon in Burgundy. On returning to the family vineyards and eventually taking the reins, on the advice of Gérald Oustric (of Le Mazel, whom we also work with), the Croziers stopped supplying grapes to the local co-op, obtained organic certification, and their 5 hectares of Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc & Viognier became La Vrille et le Papillon. The Merlot vineyard for their ‘Celle d’en Face’ cuvée good-naturedly references the fact the vines sit directly opposite the co-operative cellars from which they withdrew their fruit. The vines all sit over calcareous limestone and clay soils and enjoy the moderating effect of the mistral wind as it funnels through the valley. In the cellar fermentations occur naturally and nothing is added. The wines are fruit-driven, herbaceous and possess spry aromatic qualities; everything we hope for in wine from this region.