Cruse

Valdiguie "Nouveau"

$24.00

Valdiguie "Nouveau"

Cruse

Valdiguie "Nouveau"

$24.00

“Look, nouveau is something for French college kids to get trashed on,” says Cruse Wine Co. winemaker Michael Cruse. “That’s basically the idea. Sometimes, we make it and we’re like, ‘Oh, that’s actually something.’”

2018 was such a year for Cruse. This year, he made his customary nouveau of Valdiguie — a grape long confused for Gamay, the variety of Beaujolais — and it came out much more like a rosé than a red wine. Cruse put the juice through a full, proper carbonic maceration, the traditional method used for nouveau, which leaves the resulting wine with almost no tannin. In past years he has blended in a little bit of conventionally fermented Valdiguie wine to supplement some body and color. “But this year I just thought it was pretty,” Cruse says. “I di dn’t want to mess with it.”

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