Yesterday we blogged about the RAW fair
, what it is about and what some of our highlights were. It brings together some of the best biodynamic
and natural winemakers
from across the world. Here’s a couple more of our winemakers and their wines that really stood out for us.
Mas des Agrunelles
The next winemakers we stopped to see at RAW were Stéphanie Ponson and Frederic Porro
. They produce Mas des Agrunelles
, which the Perfect Cellar stock, and the red, l’Indigène
, was one of the stand out wines of the day for me. It’s rustic and hearty with bold black fruits and fabulous grippy tannins. It has a smoky, almost charred meat finish so matching it to barbequed food would be the obvious choice.
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Mas des Agrunelles at RAW[/caption]
Château Le Puy
Our final stop at RAW took us to visit a winery The Perfect Cellar are very familiar with, Château Le Puy. The stand, not surprisingly, was very busy so there wasn’t much chance to chat. But that’s O.K. because we were honoured to have Jean-Pierre and Francoise Amoreau visit us at the office back in October 2012. Have a look at our blog about their visit
Anyway, back to RAW. We tasted the range of wines, all of which our outstanding and steeped in history (the current winemakers, Jean-Pierre and his son Pascal, are the 14th
generation to make wine at Château Le Puy). The Perfect Cellar stock a range of wines from Château Le Puy but if you are in the mood to treat yourself, why not try the Barthélèmy 2008
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Chateau Le Puy Barthelemy at RAW[/caption]
Made mostly from Merlot
and from vines with an average age of 55 years, to say this wine is complex would be an understatement. On the nose you get fresh and dried black and red fruits, pudding spice, and a savoury quality reminiscent of sauted mushrooms. When you taste it the flavours explode on the tongue and combined with a smooth texture, grippy tannins and a warm nutty finish it is a truly exceptional experience.
Our visit to RAW was a great experience and I recommend you go along next year if you have an interest in well made, hand-crafted, expressive wines that also helps us look after the planet. All wine mentioned in this blog are available at The Perfect Cellar online or at our shop in The Clerkenwell Collection.