Nana Vins et Cie "Konjo Fouzitou" Rouge 2020
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Direct Press Selection | April 2022
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Some of you may already know Nathalie Gaubicher’s wines from the Loire, like her ‘Patapon’ Pineau d’Aunis that we love so much. This is from her other project in the Languedoc, which she started when her husband, Emile Heredia, left the Loire for the south. Before meeting Emile, Nathalie and her first husband Christian Chaussard were part of the early wave of natural winemakers in the late 1990’s. After his untimely death, she has continued to make amzing, “non-conformist” wines.
Konjo Fouzitou is a red/white coferment of Cinsault and Terret, two workaday grapes common in the Languedoc. The combination was really surprising to me, but they seem to bring out the best in each other. Spicy, candied cherry, sumac, and some darker, animal notes are met with really nice tannin and crunchy texture. There is a little bit of barnyard funk but it adds some nice depth. Unique, interesting, and fun as hell to drink. [Jonathan Kemp, March 2022]