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Majorelle

1006 Vins de Loire

Majorelle Bottle
Appellation
Val de Loire
Variety
Grolleau Noir
Age of Vines
60
Farming
In conversion
Soil
Sandy clay and silt over sandstone and schist
Altitude
450 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, carbonic maceration followed by spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations
Aging
6 months in concrete tank

Overview

Grolleau is an ancient variety and the third most widely planted red grape in the Loire after Cabernet Franc and Gamay. The vast majority of Grolleau is used to add a gregarious fruitiness to red blends and sparkling wines, but rarely as a 100% pure, still red wine. Sadly, its acreage is decreasing, but luckily Pauline Lair sources some 60-year-old Grolleau Noir planted on sandy clay soils from a grower in the Anjou. A natural-yeast fermentation, carbonic maceration, and aging in concrete preserves all the delicious charms of this unique variety – one which more people should have a chance to experience.

Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Appellation
    Val de Loire
  • Proprietor
    Pauline Lair
  • Winemaker
    Pauline Lair
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / meters

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