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L' Envolée is Stephane Erisse's way of telling you that Grolleau should not be taken lightly. It is a blend of both Grolleau Gris and Grolleau Noir of approximately 20 years of age planted in the schistous soils Saint Georges sur Layon.
Despite being very close to each other, the difference in the age of the vines and the geology of the "Carbone" and "Les Mines" parcels produces two very distinct expressions of Cabernet Franc. Both parcels have a lot of clay in the soil but Carbone comes from a darker soil, rich in coal and granite. Carbone comes from a parcel of 70 year old Cabernet Franc vines.
All of the reds are 100% destemmed and there is no pigeage or remontage. The goal is infusion, not extraction. Carbone is aged in barrel (30% new) for one year before being bottled.
The wine is named “Le Mines” (The Mines) because the color of the soil looks like a coal mine. Stephane believes the particular variety of metamorphic rock is black from its high coal & graphite content. That particular geology imparts a unique sense of minerality in the wine.
Les Mines is a parcel of 45 year old Cabernet Franc vines. Les Mines is aged in barrel (30% new) for two years before being bottled.
Stephane's Anjou Blanc comes from 1.4 hectares of 100 year old Chenin Blanc planted in schistous soil with yellow clay and quartz. The wine goes through malolactic in barrel and finishes with a pH of 3.10 to 3.15.
The wine is aged for approximately 10 months in oak (30% new) on its lees without being touched.