Ashes to Ashes, 2019, Jura

Ashes to Ashes, 2019, Jura

Les Valseuses

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RegionFaugères, Jura, France
Grape: Grenache
Average age of vines: 50 years
Farming: Organic, biodynamic
Soil type: Volcanic loam
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: Whole cluster, fermentation by indigenous yeasts
Ageing: 12 months in fibreglass, not fined or filtered
Winemaker(s): 
Antoine Le Court-Chedevergne

Very old Grenache grown on volcanic soil from Faugères. Grapes here spend 3 months macerating in whole clusters before being pressed off into fiberglass tanks for 1 year. What we have here is essentially a Pinot of Grenache. An ethereal, high-energy wine, with depth usually reserved for much fuller bodied, higher alcohol wines. Prickly raspberry bush, earth tones, and dried herbs. Absolutely explosive with a dichotomy between the depth of expression and vibrant energy. Challenging our notion of Grenache altogether.