Yves Duport "Celine" Vin de France 2022
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Press 4 Mix / Press 4 Red • May 2023 Direct Press Selection
Yves Duport was born and bred Bugey; the Duport family originated from Vaux-en-Bugey, and Yves' grandfather began farming land (including vines) in the small town of Groslée in the 1930s. Taking inspiration from the vine-life, Yves studied wine in Macon and worked in sales for a wine cooperative before joining up with some family members to buy grapes and build up a cellar for sparkling wine—mostly on a small scale. After some natural fluctuation in the family business, Yves started a new winemaking practice with his wife, Celine, in 2007. Since then, they've built up their domain to over 15 hectares, and have stayed loyal to biodynamic and organic practices the entire time.
This wine is made in his house style: natural fermentation, aged in stainless steel, with minimal sulfur added, creating a riper and more natural wine than many find in the region—though without any wild funk to it. We call it a chilled red, but a rose lover would welcome it with open arms; the wine is rhubarb in color and ultimately is a still, quaffable summer juice that few would be mad at. The blend is 40% Chardonnay, 40% Gamay, and 20% Mondeuse, with notes of juicy cherry, tart red currant and a hint of an almost melted Jell-O or light Aperol feel to it. It's given a zippy freshness by some citrus rind, slight acidity and a touch of mint on the nose. In short: meet your new go-to summer wine. Logan Davis