Regular price $23.00
Winemaker: Patricia and Rémi Bonneton
Appellation: Ardèche, Rhône, France
Grape Varieties: Gamay, Cinsault
Patricia and Rémi Bonneton are making some of the most exciting natural wines in the Rhône Valley! L’Excuse is a combination of Gamay from Beaujolais and Cinsault from Languedoc. After harvest, the grapes underwent one week of maceration, followed by one year of aging in large oak casks and a tinaja (a large clay amphora from Spain). Neither sulfites nor additives were used at any stage of the winemaking process. Cinsault, being a grape that is often used for lighter reds and rosés, blends well with Gamay. This is great wine to begin the evening with, sharing with friends and family. In terms of pairing, it could be great while snacking on charcuterie, and would be great with roast pork or pork sausage.
Patricia and Rémi Bonneton first started making their own wines in northern Ardèche in 2016 under the name L' Alézan. Before that, Rémi was taking their horse (an Alézan, or chestnut colored horse) to help out in the vines with other natural winemakers in the region. At the beginning, they only possessed 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of vines! In 2017, they were able to obtain two more hectares of vines. The majority of the vines, which consist of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Syrah, are located inside of the northern Rhône appellation of Saint-Joseph, but they opted to not join the appellation as they feel that the criteria for the appellation's wines are not strict enough. They also have been making some original wines using grapes purchased from natural winemaking friends in other regions, such as a Gamay and Cinsault blend, and a skin contact blend of Riesling, Sylvaner, and Pinot Blanc, among others.
No pesticides are used in their vines (this includes the vines they obtained in 2017), nor have they been for a very long time, if ever. No additives, including sulfites, are used during the winemaking process. We are very excited to bring in the wines of this very talented and wonderful couple.