SIMON GASTREIN CUVEE L'EFFRONTEE GRENACHE BLANC MARSANNE 2019
RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE
PEACH NECTAR WEIGHT
CLASSIC / 750ML
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne. Simon Gastrien made the move from cooking to winemaking as a young man. With his experience working with produce and harmonising flavours and textures, the progression to winemaking was relatively easy. However, understanding his 5ha vineyard took time. After a string of unfortunate growing seasons, L'effrontee was born. A beautifully weighted white blend that speaks of the region. White petals, peach and fruit nectar.
From the producer: The very first vintage of Hameau Toucheboeuf comes from a plot that froze two years in a row, producing a smaller grape but determined to prove itself ... A wine as "stubborn" as its creator.
In the hillsides of Hameau Toucheboeuf, the vines grow in the middle of the weeds. Without pesticides. It is here, where the Rhône valley meets the landscapes of the Pilat Natural Park, that Simon Gastrein ages his wine as he builds his estate. Intuitively. Simply. By letting the terroir, the seasons and its fantasies express themselves freely, with the certainty that "nature does things well if we let it be generous
A cook by training, he spent his youth in the vineyards and forged his palate with a wine-loving grandfather. He left, far away, in South America, before returning to train on the job and in the lands of André Perret. Intuition had made him plant Marsanne and Roussanne alongside Viognier, Gamay and Syrah. He followed up with Cugnette and Black Mornen. That is 5 hectares of vines, worked in IGP Collines Rhodaniennes or young cuvées under the Vins de France label. Since 2020, he has been developing a Saint-Joseph and a Condrieu.