Winemaking: 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay feremented with 80% whole clusters and aged in a mix of barrique and tronconic barrels
What with all the radical natural wine exploding from every nook and cranny it can be easy to forget about a humble Loire winery like this. Vigneron Philippe Tessier’s quietly profound creations are the answer to every natural wine critic’s claim that natural means unprofessional, unpolished, imperfect, flawed. Year after year, despite a decade of harsh weather and brutally lean harvests, Tessier has executed a level of quality and consistency that marks him as a master of his craft. Tessier’s wines do not inspire slavish fandom; they’re much too modest and precise. Unconcerned with impressing anyone, these wines are far more interested in documenting the quiet glories of the life pastoral. In short, a minimalist’s elevation of terroir!