2018 Le Oeillets Blanc
After studying winemaking in Bordeaux in the late '90s and then working for Thierry Allemand in Cornas and Bruno Schuller in Alsace, Jean-Yves Péron has become a cult natural winemaker. Born, bred and based in Savoie, Jean-Yves is patiently reviving ancient, forgotten vineyards in the French Alps. He tends his vineyards biodynamically, working across several micro-parcels containing Mondeuse, Jacquere, Altesse, and Roussanne. His vines are over a century old, and the schist-covered vineyards slope very steeply – hand-harvesting is basically mountain climbing! Fruit is all fermented naturally with no additives, expressing truthfully the amazing ancient Alpine terroir.
Comprising 100% Jacquère from Péron's lower-altitude, younger vines, Le Oeillets Blanc ripples around your mouth like vinous whitewater rafting, flowing with exotic candied melon, lemon zest, pawpaw and electric acidity. The grapes see one week on skins for some tannic wham, tempered with celestial brightness, vibrant fruit and moreish minerals. Unfined, unfiltered and, like all of his cuvées, no sulphur added.