Loire, France

La Petite Soeur

Kumu 2022


Kumu 2022
Loire, France

Mostly Grolleau Gris, which was infused as whole bunches in the juice of Adrien’s Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was pressed to cuve for a short rest before being bottled young and brimming with energy. A gorgeous, hazy shade of sunset in the glass, its playful notes of guava, grapefruit, sea salt and spice dance across the palate, making for an invigorating wine of real intrigue.

Grolleau Gris, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc


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 ploughs 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. His care and attention to detail here produce wines with great clarity and a startling purity of fruit.

In the cellar Adrien’s work is defined by a lightness of touch that is characterised by gentle extractions to reveal just enough detail and nuance from the grapes, and a focus on expressing the perfume of each variety whilst harnessing the incredible character 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