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 15 hectare estate has been certified organic and biodynamic for over 10 years. For more information on this pioneering winemaker, check out what Selection Massale has to say here.
Winemaking: Vineyards have flinty, clay soils. Destemmed by hand in wicker baskets, spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in cone shaped wood vats, aged for 6 months on the fine lees in vats. There are multiple label illustrations, the artwork is by Anotole Zangs Illustration.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour, with aromas of strawberry, cherry, herbs, grilled porcini and a wisp of Edwin Starr funk. Wild strawberry, pomegranate iron minerality, roasted sage, lavender, thyme and white pepper are framed by firm tannins and fresh acidity. Black cherry, black pepper and summer woods linger on the plush finish. Silky, engaging and vivid.
“Majority Gamay Grolleau” blend
Vin de France