Grape - Melon de Bourgogne
Where - Loire Valley, France
What - A new drop from Vincent Caillé is always something to shout about. The Caillé family have been making wine for five generations and Vincent took over in 1986 with a passion for producing high-quality, organic wine whilst protecting the ecosystems of his terroir over in the Loire Valley. They converted to organic in 1996 and since then they've been blessing our lives with low intervention, badass wines that give Spring vibe after vibe.
The terroir from which the Melon de Bourgogne grapes are hand-harvested are situated on limey soils with big exposure to high winds, leading to fresh, fresh juice. The grapes are then crushed and cold settled before fermenting at low temperatures in stainless steel. Vincent opts for fine lees for the ferment, leaving the wine for four months before settling and bottling unfiltered, unfined and without sulphites.
The resulting En T'attendant is a beautifully soft white wine with floral and mineral aromas. Although it remains bone-dry, the oily mouthfeel gives it a softness and delicate edge indicative of classic Caillé. Expressive flavours of melon, blossom, pear, stone fruit and a touch of butter really come through, with a lengthy finish that makes the bottle empty rather quick. This is an easy-going, flavourful wine that will pair really well with whatever's on the table.
Soft, dry, expressive. Vegan. Low intervention. Organic certified. ABV 12%.