Autour de l'Anne NV 'Wonder WomAnne' Rose Petillant Naturel
Region: Languedoc < France
Grapes: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; whole cluster; 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 wildly popular rosé pet’nat (it’s allocated – we got one case!) We LOVE the Wonder Woman/Girl Power association, which totally fits the wine -- delicate and playful at first, then it hits you with the backbone of depth and power from the Syrah and Grenache. And the little girl in us still wants to be Wonder Woman, twirling around with that dope gold bracelet, unleashing superpowers to kick ass and save the world. And of course Diana Henry/Wonder Woman would love tis dark pink wine, which is dry and lightly fizzy, with amped red and blue berries, earth, vibrant acidity, and no shit added.