Axel Prüfer Le Temps des Cerises 'La Peur de Rouge' 2022
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Press 4 White • September 2023 Direct Press Selection
Axel Prüfer’s wines were some of the first to make regular appearances in natural wine-focused lists here in NY, and certainly remain as reference for elemental, delicate and engaging wines (quite a feat in this warm corner of the Languedoc).
'Peur du Rouge' (translation = fear of the red) is a unique, layered and textured take on Chardonnay grown in a vineyard just north of Beziers, dotted with large limestone rocks. Grapes were fermented in whole clusters and macerated for five days, lending an oolong tea-like herbal tension to its ripe tropical fruit character (pineapple/dried mango), ending on a salty, stony note. Zero sulfur added. Bruno Sant'Anna