Garo'vin - 'Lunatic' Vin de France Blanc 2018
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We couldn't be happier to say that after a long time, Lunatic is back. This is 100% Chenin Blanc, fermented in old oak for 10 months, lending an almost satiny texture and vinous aromatic character to the wine. Yet at the end of this all, it’s still purely Chenin, with honey, orange blossoms, and a wildly vibrant acidity.
Cedric only has one vineyard of Chenin, but it’s developed into one of his signature wines. Every year it's been one of our most requested wines, and honestly we feel like the 2018 vintage has been his best Lunatic yet. It's so precise, so giving, but still so delicious. The previous vintages had the excitement, but this has the refinement of a great wine.
Annual Production: Less than 1,000
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Terroir: Clay and Schist soil
Winemaking: Aged in old oak for 10 months
Drinking Window: 2020-2028
Cedric Garreau is one of the first producers that we've exclusively imported, and there's a reason why his wines are Cork Culture Classics. He owns and works from just under 3 hectares of vines around Beaulieu-sur-Layon, and makes mainly Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from his winery just near the vineyards, although he is also a master of Chenin Blanc.
He's an impossibly talented young winemaker who only started making wine a few years ago, but his label can now be seen across in the world in France, the US, Tokyo, and now of course Hong Kong. All these wines are naturally made, but with such precision and cleanliness. There's so much varietal character as well, and that's what distinguishes him to us from amongst all the other young vignerons in the Loire. Cedric really brings out the terroir, but with freshness and ambition.