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2020 Les Equilibristes ‘Zestos’ Pét Nat Rosé: Loire Valley, France


Tasting Notes

A unique blend of two rare grapes, Grolleau Gris and Pineau d’Aunis, both of which provide roundness and zest, respectively. With that said, this wine will demand your attention from the very first sip. The unique blend is full-flavored; round tropical aromas giving way to notes of zippy, spicy pear & dried mango. Pairs well with Thai cuisine, Chinese cuisine, and Japanese Hibachi.

Winery Details

Les Equilibristes” (the “Tightrope Walkers”) aim to shake up winemakers willing to craft different wines. By freeing them from their habits and practices, they intend to shape together a vibrant and unique wine. Their set of golden rules are the following: indigenous grape varieties, organic winemaking, tillage, indigenous yeasts, minimal sulphur rates. 10 vintages, 7 winemakers, 18 grape varieties, 5 regions (Anjou, Périgord, Languedoc, Corbières, Côtes du Forez).

The 2 Equilibristes: – François de Monval: “wine merchant”, cellar and restaurant owner in Paris (La Canonnière), wine enthusiast fed every day by its clients. – Florent Girou: “travelling oenologist”, winemaker in the Perigord Region, wine-maniac, torn between the preservation of the ancient know how and the constant calling into question of some practices.

Practice of biodynamic farming, without corrective products or added sulfites. Yeasts used in vinification are solely indigenous. Unfined and Unfiltered.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Les Equilibristes – Daniel of Domaine des Deux Moulins

Fruit: 60% Grolleau Gris, 40% Pineau d’Aunis

Style: White, Sparkling, dry

Origin: Vin de France, Loire Valley, France

Vinification: Organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farming. The grapes are cold macerated for a short time and fermented with wild yeast in temperature controlled stainless steel vats while being closely monitored by the winemaker. Once the wine reaches the desired sugar level, the wine is then bottled to continue fermenting using methode ancienne to produce the wine as petillant naturel. Minimal Intervention.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel vats and on bottle

% ABV: 13.5%