DOMAINE DE LA PETITE SOEUR
Cabernet Sauvignon from a forty five year old parcel planted over schist. The grapes were fermented as whole bunches for eighteen days before being pressed off for a year of élevage. This pairs varietal notes of red berries, earth and spice with the gentle imprint of graphite from the schist. A highly original expression of this much maligned variety.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Originally from Brittany, Adrien de Mello travelled the world following a love of wine before settling in Anjou in 2015. He now farms four hectares of vineyards planted over schist in and around the village of Saint Aubin de Luigné.
The vines have been farmed organically for some time, but since settling here Adrien has taken things to the next level and in just a few years has gained both organic and biodynamic certification. He plows by horse and is passionate about foraging wild plants such as nettle, comfrey, yarrow and buckthorn to prepare teas to be used in the vineyards. The care and attention to detail he shows when working in the vines produce wines with a beautiful clarity and striking purity of fruit.
In the cellar Adrien’s work is defined by a lightness of touch that is characterised by infusions to extract just enough detail and nuance from the grapes and a focus on expressing the perfume of each variety whilst harnessing the incredible minerality that schist brings.
Fresh, fragrant and invigorating, Adrien’s wines offer a highly original expression of the part of Anjou he calls home.
Photo: Varda Wine