An unusual but lovely natural Chenin

This is something rather different. A natural wine, with no sulphur dioxide added, and slightly sparkling: it started sweet and refermented in the bottle. 600 bottles made. It’s another from Les Caves de Pyrene, and their commentary on it can be read here.  Aveyron is in the South of France, right in the middle, just inland from the coast. I’m so glad people are making wines like these.

Le P’tit Curieux Rols 2007 Vin de Pays de L’Aveyron, France
12.5% alcohol. Wonderfully spicy, mineralic, matchstick reductive nose. There’s some sweetness on the fizzy palate with savoury toast and mineral notes as well as some herb and cream, as well as fresh grapey character. This remarkable wine is actually quite easy going, but with its nutty, matchstick notes it’s hard to pigeonhole. I really like it. 90/100

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