2018 Autour de l'Anne 'Les etats de Anne'
Region: Languedoc < France
Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; whole cluster, carbonic maceration; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added So2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Anne Paillet
Anne Paillet worked in finance in Paris, until a bad car accident forced her to reexamine her life, at which point she ditched corporate life to make wine. She’s married to one of the Loire’s top natty producer Gregory Leclerc of Chahut et Prodiges (a Rock Juice fav), so she already knew the ropes. But Anne didn't want to make the same wines as Gregory, so she rented about six acres of biodynamic vineyards from a friend in Coteaux du Languedoc. She assists with the end of the growing season, then harvests the grapes (on the early side) and guides the fermentations, before trucking the wine back up to the Loire in bulk containers to finish Touraine style. Which is why her wines tends to be more similar to Loire wines than the Languedoc. The early pick avoids heaviness and high alcohol, and the Loire treatment leads to lighter, more terroir-expressive wines.
This is her light-bodied, chillable red, our favorite of the bunch. The poppy red fruit is bright and lifted, with smoky-spicy depth, soft tannins and tongue-tingling acid on the finish that makes it feel almost effervescent. The ‘states of Anne’ is a sexy, sophisticated place, one where we’d happily live forever. Serve slightly chilled. ANOTHER ALLOCATED WINE, SUPPLIES ARE VERY LIMITED.