Three of us tried this and all knew what we were taking to Christmas. Botrytised Sweet Chenin from multiple vintages blended together to form a sweet elixir. Truly a gorgeous wine. - Pete L
am very fortunate to work with the producers I do, they are all incredibly dedicated and passionate, producing wines of beauty from impeccable farming practices. But there are a few whom have that little ‘je ne sais quoi’, and Cedric Garreau is one of them. A micro vigneron who flies under the radar, he works alone and makes some of the most beautiful and energising wines in the Loire.
Cedric grew up in Loire, his father working for some of the bigger cellars of the region. In 2006 he undertook a two year viticulture course, followed by time travelling, as far south as New Zealand where he undertook agriculture work. He returned home to Loire and established Garo’Vin in 2010.
He initially purchased 2 hectares of vines in Beaulieu-sur-Layon, Anjou. Over the years he has added a few more parcels and now farms 3.5 hectares, Cedric feels this is enough for one person.
Under vine he has Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grolleau and Chenin blanc, spread across 4 plots. All worked in organics, the vines range from 6 years through to 90 years of age, planted on soils composed mainly of schist.
This isn’t a cellar filled with fancy equipment, he purchases second hand traditional equipment from his neighbours as they upgrade. His work in the cellar is precise, ceasing sulphur use completely in 2017, where previously he had added at bottling stage for the reds only.
In 2018, Cedric made the decision to cease seeking AOC appellation for his signature red wine, Anjou Rouge. This was a struggle for Cedric, he is very proud of his work and being a part of the region. But with the rigidity of the system, it was a decision he felt was necessary. The cuvee is now called Metisse, and will include a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon.
These are exceptionally well made wines, with bright fruit and freshness, displaying inherent beauty. An under-rated wonder of the Loire, a secret that will not last long. - Importer Note
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