Estate: Following a 2 decades as a musician/audio engineer, Philippe Chevarin pursued his other passion, winemaking. After studying viticulture, oenology and working 2 years with Jacques and Agnes Carroget at Domaine de la Paonnerie, he began his own production. He currently has about 5 hectares of vineyards in Coteaux d’Ancenis that he has been revitalizing with organic methods.
Unfortunately, the past 5 years have been challenging; 3 out of 5 vintages were damaged “from catastrophic frost/hail/mildew”, while some parcels of land are too damaged from years of chemical production and are unusable. With the 2021 vintage he has had to obtain a négociant license. Despite all the obstacles, his wines are known for their intensity and purity.
Winemaking: 30 year old vines in schist soils in the Coteaux d’Ancenis appellation but intentionally declassified. Hand harvested, direct pressed, wild yeast spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass tanks, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Red currant, raspberry, forest floor flanked by tangy acidity and light Ceylon tea tannins. White pepper and a wink of licorice spotlight the vivid strawberry finish. Sleek, gleaming.
Gamay, Gamay Teinturier
Vin de France
$27 [average price]