Roussillon, France

Les Ânes Ailés

Arlequin 2022


Arlequin 2022
Roussillon, France

A blend of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino grown by a friend of Francesco’s over sandy loam at the foot of Les Albères mountains. The grapes were foot trodden, and spent a short amount of time on skins before being pressed to vats until the following spring. A gorgeous shade of gold in the glass, this is gently perfumed with lavender and peach, whilst the palate offers flesh, pith and a gorgeous, salty finish.

Grenache Blanc, Vermentino


We are very excited to introduce the work of the latest grower to make a name for himself in the hotbed of talent that is Banyuls-sur-Mer, Francesco Pesci of Les Ânes Ailés.

Originally from Naples, Francesco grew up in Rome and discovered wine whilst working in the city’s trattorie. In 2017 he moved to France to work alongside Manuel of Vinyer de la Ruca in Banyuls, falling in love with the dramatic Mediterranean landscape and the strong personality it imbues upon wines.

Francesco farms two hectares spread out across ancient stone terraces high in the hills above the village. The old bush vines of Carignan, Grenache Blanc, Gris and Noir are planted over pure schist in an extreme climate heady with sunlight, wind and heat. It is a challenging place to grow grapes and whilst yields are painfully low, the wines display profound depth and intensity.

Working organically and entirely by hand, Francesco wishes for his parcels to remain as wild as possible, and due to the stiff winds and arid climate he is rarely required to treat the vines. In the future, he hopes that the work he is doing to introduce plants and herbs amongst the vines will create a topsoil that is capable of nourishing them throughout the increasingly warm growing seasons.

To supplement his small production, Francesco harvests grapes from like minded growers elsewhere in the region, treating the grapes with the same attention to detail in the cellar. Here, Francesco does things the old fashioned way, working without temperature control, pumps or additions of any kind.

The results are thoughtful, original expressions of one of France’s most unique terroirs.