100% Cabernet Franc
• Grapes are 100% de-stemmed
• No temperature control
• Maceration of 3 to 4 weeks, 50% oak
foudre and 50% concrete
• No pumpover, infusion style
• The natural carbonic gas from the
fermentation replaces the sulfur to
protect the wine from oxidation
• 6 months aging on lees in tank, 50% oak foudre and 50% concrete
• Bottling without any filtration, fining or sulfites added
Note: “Enlevement demande” means pick-up requested in French. This label is the sticker that you get on your car when the police in France call the tow truck because you’re parked illegally. This wine is produced from a single vineyard that represents the youngest cab franc of the estate.
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In 1998 Nicolas Reau took over an estate of 28 ha. In 2001—after three years of analysis, observation and putting his education into action—Nicolas decided to get rid of 23 hectares and only kept five of the best hectares surrounded by a wall. Those five hectares represent the Clos des Treilles (his DBA name). Two additional hectares were replanted bringing the total area to 7 hectares. In 2002 Nicolas made his first vintage, with natural yeast and minimal intervention from the start.
In 2005 Nicolas met someone who changed his future: Sylvie Augereau, the Famous French wine writer and the future herald of natural wines. Today Augereau is the organizer of La Dive Bouteille and is also Nicolas’ wife. Nicolas Reau was quickly welcomed into this growing network of natural wine pioneers (including Marcel Lapierre, Yvon Métras, JF Ganevat etc.) and so began the latest movement in French natural wine. In 2007 he carried out his first vintage “sans soufre”, the first of a long series.