Xavière Hardy is a tough, determined woman who makes amazing juice while leaving as little mark on the land as possible.
Tired of her previous career in river ecology, Xaviere planted 1.5 hectare of vines 60km north of Nantes in an area not previously permitted for vine cultivation.
She is the only winemaker for miles around. Her first vintage was 2015. The vines are Albarello ‘pole’ trained, planted on blue shist, farmed with biodynamic treatments and herbal remedies, no sulphur used in the vineyard or the winery.
Exciting pure wines in tiny quantities from somewhere you have never heard of.
Cuvée: Vin du Pastre
ABV: 10 %
Winemaking: From a young vine planted in 2014, which froze in 2016 and 2017 - the harvest was therefore abundant in 2018. Totally destemmed by hand with wicker destemmers that I had made by a basket maker. Vatting for 10 days (fermentation with indigenous yeasts) then maturing in barrels for 8 months.
Sulfur: None added
Soil: Blue schist
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Les Terres Bleues - Vin du Pastre
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