Les Cocottes 2018
A Wine That
in Anne-Sophie's words, is meant for friends, apéros and parties. "Cocotte" in French is a term of endearment - meaning "darling" - and that's exactly what this is - it's the darling of her wines. Bright, alluring and ever so easy to drink, with aromas of summer fruit sorbet, it's the kind of wine just radiates bliss. With almost no tannins, it's as dangerous as sorbet too - one blink and the pot (bottle) has gone.
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- Winemaker: Anne-Sophie Dubois
Where and How?
Gamay from the Fleurie Cru in Beaujolais. A blend of old and young vines, this is always the wine of Anne-Sophie's that she feels is the most fruity, fresh and easy to drink.
This cuvée and the L'Alchimiste are treated exactly the same: both hand harvested and all the bunches are sorted in the vineyard and put into tiny cases so that the skins of the berries aren’t broken, to make sure the first juice has no oxidation. The wine is whole bunch fermented, carbonic style. Once the fermentation is underway, Anne-Sophie decides which one seems to be the more glou glou - more fruity - and this wine is macerated for the shortest amount of time to maintain this fruity, low tannin style, becoming "Les Cocottes." It is also aged for the shortest amount of time - around six months.
Anne-Sophie grew up in a small village in Champagne, where her mother and father were grape growers, but never winemakers. Her family had the chance to purchase some land in Fleurie, in Beaujolais, when she was little. After having done winemaking internships in Champagne, she moved to Burgundy to study, interning at the same time in Volnay. It was here that she discovered her love for viticulture. She remembers,
“When I first started working in the vines, I said to myself… There's another dimension here. It’s not just about producing a kilo of grapes. You observe a plant, you observe the ongoings of the year, you observe the wine that follows.” She pauses, then smiles and continues, “when you've experienced that, you can't go back. It's as if you're a caged animal who has been outside, roaming the grass for the first time. Why would you want to go back inside?"
She moved to Beaujolais shortly after, to pursue farming the vineyards which her family had bought when she was little. Here, her vines sit at the top of the Fleurie Cru, at 400m, which in times of global warming means her wines always have freshness. All of her eight hectares sit on the same plot, and she has no neighbours. This is important to her:
“I have my own ecosystem, my neighbours are far away. Once, I rented a plot in Moulin-à-Vent, that was surrounded by neighbours who farmed chemically. I tried for three years to make wine from that plot but I never succeeded in making something I was happy with. That’s when I truly realised the importance of creating your own ecosystem, and how that translates into your wine. It’s incredibly hard for people who have plots surrounded by neighbours whose farming philosophies you don’t share.”