A blend of Gamay, Menu Pineau, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Cabernet Franc and Côt. A refreshing wine with lots of red fruit, and subtle notes of leather, silky tannins and a moreish bite. Serve chilled at 17°C -18°C.
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 a range of six grapes: Gamay, Menu Pineau, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Cabernet Franc and Côt. Each year he adjusts the recipe for which grapes are used and the percentages used. Héaulé 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! Atypique is his lightest, most refreshing red, meant to be served slightly chilled.
Vinification: Grapes from 8 to 35 years-old vines grown on quartz, limestone and clay soils are hand-harvested. Most are de-stemmed, then macerated for two days in stainless steel or fibreglass. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts and minimal intervention. Blending of varieties occurs throughout the winemaking process. Final blend aged in large old oak barrels for a minimum of six months.
Match it with: Light pork dishes, risotto, vegetable terrines.
- Gamay, Menu Pineau, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Cabernet Franc, Côt
- France, Loire
- Reynald Heaule
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve