2018 Les Sabots d’Hélène – Vin de Table (avec 4 Chaises…) ‘PIF – NOT DEAD!’
ORIGIN: Languedoc, France
GRAPE: 60% Grenache, 40% Carignan
Special Notes: No added sulphites. Natural Wine. Fresh, Alive and Bright. Serve chilled 12-14c.
Alban Michel created Les Sabots d'Helene in 2005. His philosophy is to work simply and naturally. His commitment relates to a policy of low yield, manual harvesting, systematic harvesting at optimal maturity, very gentle extractions in vinification which best respects the balance of the grape and the quality of the fruit.
Alban cultivates very old vines. The Syrah is 30 years old and the rest 50 to 100 years (Carignan and Grenache). They are located in two places: Les Hourtoux and Terres Nègres, in Feuilla.
"It is in a wild, desert and abandoned Corbières landscape, in the middle of invasive vegetation and among the collapsed walls that Alban Michel, native of Vosges, found his way and his promised land. His 5 ha of vines (rented) are spread over 8 plots, including one hectare from 1906 which produces up to 5hl! Carignan, Cinsault and Grenache are in goblet, Syrah in Cordon de Royat. If Terre Nègre is made up of degraded schist, the other plots are on clay-limestone soils, more or less stony. "
Food Recommendation: Wild Sri-Lankan Tiger Prawns, Octopus Risotto, Wonton Noodles.