Simon Busser - 2017 Chaos

2017 Chaos

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Malbec, Merlot, Gamay
Cahors, France

"Simon works exceptionally hard in the vineyard and to this day is among the first people I ask if I have a question about agriculture. After growing up in Cahors, he moved to Anjou to work with Olivier Cousin and his approach to farming is strongly influenced by this Loire Valley icon. His biodynamic preparations are sourced exclusively from herbs and minerals in the vineyard and along the back of of the Lot River that borders his property. He is the first to acknowledge that no two years are the same and so vineyard work can't ever follow a recipe. Some years he turns the soil and others he doesn't." – Importer notes

Very hard hit by frost in 2017, Simon produced this Chaos cuvée, made from Merlot and Malbec grapes in equal parts and 10% Gamay. It's fresh and fluid, with fruit of clarity – plum, dark berries and black cherries – entwined around an impressive structure. There are also whispers of olive, leather and rubber (in a good way, ok), with some sweet spice to make you smile. So bright and alive.

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