Frangine, 2020, Magog
Pinard et Filles
Grape(s): La Crescent
Fermentation: Native, Skin
Region, Country: Magog, Quebec
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Frédéric Simon
100% La Crescent with skin contact for 120 days. After the first 60 days, the free run wine was racked off and aged in barrel while the remainder had an additional 60 days of maceration before pressing and maturing in fibreglass. Finally, the two were blended together 2 weeks before bottling.
La Crescent is another winter-loving hybrid grape brought to us by genius Minnesotan wine scientists and is known for its expressive aromatics and ironically tropical flavours.
Frangine is rich, dense and opaquely amber-hued. The nose is cozy and herbaceous with notes of sun-soaked lemons, white flowers and elegant perfume. On the palate it's like eating homemade apricot preserves.
About the producer:
Pioneering a bright-eyed wine crusade within the extreme terroir of Quebéc, Frédéric Simon and his wife Catherine Bélanger tend to their 1.50 hectare winery with resolute sincerity and an evolving sense of place.
Discovery drives the work that they do here, with relatively new plantings of vitis vinifera such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Dornfelder, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Savagnin (uncommon to the area due to arduous growing conditions). All vines are tended to organically, with minimal alterations in the cellar, leading Frédéric to a series of challenges to consider when combating the extreme cold of winter and inevitable frosts of spring