Grolleau Gris, a scarcer, pink berried mutation of the workhorse variety Grolleau Noir, is most commonly found planted between the cities of Tours and Anjou. Both varieties are most frequently found in sweetish rosés or as a base for sparkling wines. Le Baiser d’Alexandrie from Clos de l’Elu couldn’t be farther from this tradition as Thomas and Charlotte Carsin use their Grolleau Gris to make an orange wine aged in amphorae. A whole cluster and natural yeast fermentation and aging on the skins for 9 months before pressing gives Baiser its distinctive orange-pink color with aromas of orange peel and spices. Obviously, such a wine is atypical and must carry the lowly Vin de Pays appellation but it comes from estate grapes averaging 50 years old that are planted on gravelly schist and quartz soils.