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Espérance 2016


A Wine That

was made for pepper fiends. Are you that person who automatically reaches for the grinder? We feel you — that's us, too. This is cranberries, peppercorns and a touch of patchouli all rolled into a bottle guaranteed to bring a smile..

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  • Winemaker: Terre de L'Elu
Espérance - 2016















Pineau d'Aunis

Where and How?

This is 100% Pineau d'Aunis from Terre de l'Elu's treasured 60-year-old vines and some young vines which they planted with cuttings from the old, to preserve their genetic heritage.
The wine was fermented naturally in vats with 15-day whole bunch maceration. Aged for 12 months, half in 600L barrels and half in amphorae. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Photograph by Leigh-Ann Beverley

The Winemaker: Terre de L'Elu

When you fall in love with a terroir, you have to let it shine. For Charlotte and Thomas of Terre de l'Elu, that meant no additions, no commercial yeasts — a little hand every now and then, sure, but no more.
It hasn’t been an easy ride in the last couple of years. The Estate was once called Clos d’Élu, but they had to drop their "Clos" and rename it "Terre" when they made the difficult decision to leave their appellation (meaning their wines are now marked Vin de France on the label, instead of with their regional village). Although they might not want to, sometimes rules are made to be broken; even more so when it comes to the tricky waters of wine politics.
“We decided to keep hold of our freedom, and to follow our customers instead of the regional board.”
It wasn't an easy choice by any means, but it has allowed Charlotte and Thomas to be released from their shackles. They're exactly where they always wanted to be:
“I’m always hoping to feel an emotion. I often compare it with the feeling of looking at my children, when you just think ‘wow.’ The wine should make you feel the same – and not because it's the best, or perfect. We like some imperfections, they give the wine its charm.”


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