Fou du Roi (the Jester) is a blend of 33% of Grenache Noir, along with 33% Cinsault and 33%Carignan and weighs in at only 12% alcohol. The grapes underwent carbonic maceration to preserve the freshness of the resultant wine.
It displays cherry on the nose and has an elegance and vibrancy that is very appealing. It tastes alive! It has good tannin structure which will help as it ages and the finish is long, clean and lively. Definitely one for those who want to explore the complexity of natural wines. - Importer Note
Axel Prüfer was born and raised in East Germany but moved to France as a young man to take up a career in wine making. He produces delicious wines naturally with as little intervention as possible - many of his wines have no added sulphur. In fact, on a visit to his winery we tried one of his cuvees which had been bottled without sulphur and one that had been bottled with minimal amounts of sulphur and the result was simply amazing. The one without sulphur stood head and shoulders above the other for freshness, vitality and flavour. He has been described as a 'darling of the natural wine bar movement'. He is a quiet, thoughtful and engaging young winemaker who is totally committed to producing non-interventionist wines. The vineyard is a picture of health with spiderwebs everywhere and an amazing biodiversity on display.
He uses tanks made from stainless steel or fibreglass or large, old barrels that impart no oak flavour. The tanks have 'floating' lids so that no air can get at the wine if he does not have enough to fill a tank.
Axel only produces small quantities of wine due to the low yields from his vines so there is not much available in this shipment. - Importer Note
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