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L'Arbre Blanc, Les Fesses 2020

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The Gounan family has been in Saint Sandoux for generations. Fred’s father had apple orchards as many people in the area once did. Sadly these orchards have now been replaced with the ubiquitous wheat and so have most of the vineyards. Fred and Caroline’s two small plots of Pinot Noir stand alone on the basaltic western slope of the valley in whose trough runs the A75 opposite the hill of Corent (home of Patrick Bouju and François Dhumes). Off to the north Fred points out a patch of vines that his neighbour has left to run wild, next to that he shows us some Pinot Gris and Sauvignon that he planted in 2010. The two plots of Pinot Noir, one higher and one lower, are both planted en lyre, a system that enhances leaf and fruit exposure to the sun (much needed in the moderate climate of the Auvergne) and, as Fred assures, acts as a cosmic funnel. The funneling seems to work, Fred’s vines are beautiful and the ground around them rich with other plant life - testament to his and Caroline’s work.

Fred and Caroline’s heady and aromatic orange wine. Whole bunches of Pinot Gris macerated for about a month in the juice of the Sauvignon blanc. This is then aged in 1000lt stoneware vessels for 2 years. Always brimming with fruit, this is drinking well, but again could be cellared for further rewards. 



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