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Anne Sarda and her team do their vineyard work by hand. Carignan vines, up to 60 years old, grow as bush vines at 130 meters altitude, necessitating hand harvest and producing low yields of 30 hl/ha. The climate is dry and the vines struggle in their stony soils – too stony to even plant cover crops. It is a wild and rural landscape, yet strikingly beautiful and natural. No pesticides, no herbicides, and no irrigation are employed. The estate is HVE Level 3 Certified.
After the intense labor in the vineyards, Anne works with a delicate touch in the cellar. Spontaneous fermentation by native, ambient yeasts takes place in large concrete tanks, followed by 10 days’ maceration, then aging in old concrete vessels that are at least 60 (and up to 105 years!) old. The wine is not fined, just lightly filtered and an infinitesimal 2 g/hl of sulfur is added right before bottling.
Saint Laurent de la Cabrerisse is one of the 5 municipalities that qualify for the small Coteaux de Cabrerisse IGP. Anne’s rendition of it – expressing all the character of those old Carignan vines on stony soils – is intense and pure.
Their “MT2” series is devoted to exploring the IGP/IGT wines — these are regional wines named after the lesser-known terroirs from which they come. The IGP/IGT classification spans throughout Europe and translates to Indication Geographique Protegee (or Tipica). Lots of unique geographical flavors to be explored here! They look for wines that unique and honest, made by hand with indigenous varietals and sustainable vineyard practices as well as lower than average sulphur and no aromatic yeasts or enzymes, but rather natural expressions of their origins.
Denny & Katie
Your friendly neighborhood wine shop and tiny bar, focused on small production wines and conservas. Connect with us on Instagram for suggestions on your next bottle and to follow along in our downtown Lafayette wine journey.
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210 EAST VERMILION STREET LAFAYETTE, LA 70501
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