This is a unique and compelling blend of Pinot Meunier, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Côt. Sour plum, raspberries and herbs with an underlying earthy, herby character. Balanced by tangy acidity and firm tannins. Open a bit in advance and prepare to be amazed by this thought-provoking blend.
Reynald Héaulé is known for his passion for rare and native grapes and his expertise in blending them into cuvées to showcase their potential. He refers to his blending process as cooking and proudly says, “Le difference is la cuisine.” With this blend, he works with four grapes: Gamay, Pinot Noir, Meunier and Côt. Each year he adjusts the recipe for which grapes are used and the percentages used. He also varies the point in the winemaking process when they are blended– some are pressed together, others ferment together and some are blended just before bottling. À Contre Courant translates as “against the current”, a nod to the Héaulé ethos in every aspect of winemaking.
Vinification: Ten year-old vines grown on quartz, limestone and clay soils. The grapes are hand-harvested and macerated for fifteen days before pressing. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. Blending of varieties occurs throughout the winemaking process. Final blend aged in old oak barrels for 18 months.
Match it with: Grilled duck breast, sausages, mushrooms, and other deeply savoury foods.
- Pinot Meunier, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Côt
- France, Loire
- Reynald Heaule
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve