Wild herbs + white pepper in a big bottle.
Ariane Lesné is a master of crafting wines with Pineau d’Aunis. 2020 was a difficult vintage with extremely low yields in the Loire, and thus the 2020 Picrochole is sourced from all of Ariane's Pineau d’Aunis vines, including her oldest vines that normally make her higher-end cuvee Grand gousier. The vines were macerated for over two months and pumped over in tank, yielding a floral and spicy quality with purple fruit snd chalky white pepper tannins.
- Ariane Lesné has been working in wine since the early 1990s, after getting a degree in marketing for wine and spirits.
- She first trained in Burgundy, where she worked at Domaine de l’Arlot in Nuits Saint Georges.
- Ariane Lesné is considered a master of crafting wines Pineau d’Aunis.
- After working as a wine merchant for several years, Ariane returned to the vines in 2014 when she purchased Domaine de Montrieux from the Côteaux du Vendômois.
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