Estate: Le Sot de l’Ange translates to “Idiot Angel” and refers to the decision “energetic and young” winemaker Quentin Bourse made when he took over a friend’s domaine in a tiny, off the radar appellation. Azay-Le-Rideau is located within the Touraine AOC, in the Loire Valley and has a winemaking history that dates back to the ancient Romans. The 12 hectare estate has been certified biodynamic for over 10 years; Quentin’s first vintage was 2013. For more information on this pioneering winemaker, check out what Selection Massale has to say here.
Brand: La Boutanche is a collaboration between US importer Selection Massale and a handful of their producers. Their goal is to bring a $20 or under wine with “native yeast fermentations, low or zero SO2 additions, and the like; basically pure unadulterated glou glou that we could put into a liter-sized screw-top bottle and would be a great introduction to natural wine”.
Winemaking: Quentin manages the entire estate himself, by hand; his friends give help with harvest. Vineyard soil is predominately clay over silica. Natural yeast fermentation, zero or minimal sulphites added. Typically this Rosé is 100% Grolleau, for the 2018 vintage there is “a touch of direct-press Gamay from vines planted in 1964”.
Tasting Notes: Coral pink in colour with subtle aromas of cherry and campfire. Red currant, cherry, grapefruit and watermelon seed are glossed with lip smacking acidity. A savoury edge highlights the tangy fruit finish.
Grolleau with a “bit of Gamay”
$21 [1 Liter]