Pirouettes, 'Le Brutal' Blanc de Claude

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From the Brutal! natural wine movement comes this orange cuvée from winemaker, Claude Straub. 

+ GRAPES: Certified organic + biodynamic. Blend of 45% Riesling, 45% Pinot Gris + 10% Sylvaner grown on granitic soil. 

+ PROFILE: Medium body. Flourishes of exotic fruit and flamboyant tropical notes. Quince, spice, papaya. 

+ WHAT'S SO BRUTAL?: All grapes are hand-harvested and sorted by plot, then pressed directly. The Sylvaner is then macerated on the skins for 14 days as whole bunches, to trigger natural carbonic maceration. The grapes are then aged for 19 months in stainless steel, fiberglass, and wood. Wild yeast, unfined/unfiltered, zero added sulphur. 

+ WHY THE CROWN CAP? While this is a still wine, there's a whisper of a suggestion of spritzyness. 

Les Vins Pirouettes is a project launched by Christian Binner, that brings affordable natural wines to the table, and at the same time helps organic and biodynamic grape growers in Alsace move away from selling their grapes to cooperatives towards making and bottling natural wines.

Each cuvée is made at a young grower’s winery, where they supply the grapes and Christian supplies his 20 years of expertise in making natural wine in Alsace, and of course his marketing and distribution savviness. Each cuvée features the name of the grower on the bottle.

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