LAURENT SAILLARD, GRENACHE DU GARD 2021
Laurent Saillard, Grenache Du Gard 2021
In the disastrous vintage of 2021, where he lost 90% of the fruit on his own vineyard surface Laurent had to act quickly to make enough wine to survive. He went down to the Gard in southern France, harvested some organic Grenache from a friend’s vineyard, and drove back to the Loire narrowing beating the refrigerated truck back to his winery. The grapes were fermented whole bunch for six days before being pressed off into tank for a five-month élevage. It is remarkably delicious considering he had never worked with the varietal before, all the beautiful bright fruit of the grape, but without being too candied and just a hint of crunchy tannins. Elegant and very expressive.