Puech Redon "L'Apparente" Blanc 2020
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Direct Press Selection | June 2022
[PRESS 4 MIX • PRESS 4 WHITE]
Cyril Cuche lives off the beaten path in the Languedoc on a massive property that used to supply wheat to a large scale bread baker. Over the last couple decades Cuche has been renting off the wheat fields and has shifted his attention to planting and maintaining about 45 hectares of vines ranging in age from 5-30 years old. His winery, Chateau Puech Redon has been producing natural wines under the consult of the one and only Eric Texier for a few years now. The Puech Redon wines could fall under the Cévennes IGP, but Cuche intentionally declassifies his wines, partially because he chooses to pick his grapes at significantly low alcohol levels than the majority of the region. The result is wines that are more lifted and easier to drink than Cévennes is known for producing, with Texier's influence clearly showing through.
The L'Apperente Blanc is mostly Viognier and Grenache Blanc, with a splash of Roussanne. The grapes are whole cluster direct press and fermented and aged in a mix of barrique and concrete. Unfiltered, the wine has an almost florescent color in the glass, wir a vibrant nose of guava, bergamot and white flowers. Medium-bodied and quite high-toned for a southern wine, the palate is fruity, with white peach, fleshy pear and straw. Perfect for this warmer weather coming our way.
[Kirk Sutherland, June 2022]