Domaine de la Crechette, Pineau d’Aunis (2021)

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In 2019 Charles Bouly and his family took over 8.5Ha of vineyards in Ingrandes le Fresne sur Loire, a small commune in the Maine et Loire located at the edge of the Loire.

Charles currently works full time on the estate alone and his partner Laure is set to join him in a few years (their children are still very young). They cultivate the vines organically and are testing biodynamic techniques with the help of neighboring winemakers. They are trying different things like letting grass grow in the vineyard during hot weather to protect the soil from rising temperatures, in order to adapt to the changing climatic conditions.

In terms of winemaking, they are still experimenting to work best with their terroir and to express it in the best way. They focus on adapting to the needs of the grapes obtained each specific vintage. Their goal is to produce wine in the most resilient way possible to make way for generations to come.

VARIETY: Pineau D’aunis

TERROIR: 8 year old vines on black schist hillsides.

HARVEST: by hand

VINIFICATION: Whole cluster fermentation initiated by a light foot pressing for a carbo maceration of 7 days before grapes are then all pressed and liquified for final fermentation period. Clarified and bottled in the spring.