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: Fermented and aged in three different vessels: cement, stainless steel, and oak barrel “that Quentin had made to his exact specifications deemed the ‘cigar’ barrel”. Secondary fermentation in bottle. Unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour with aromas of linden flower, brioche, pear, citrus and lemongrass. Lemon cream on toast with a streak of minerality fuse with compact, abundant fizz and glossed by citrus acidity. Pear, brioche and a squeeze of citrus linger between each sip. Lush, with a crisp, refreshing edge.
Blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
Vin de France