Andrea Calek - 2021 - Chatons de Garde
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Andrea Calek - 2021 - Chatons de Garde


Ardèche, Rhone, France

Originally he is from Czech, but after following his own unique path, he wound up in France. Andrea first came in to contact with the wonders of natural wine through the original Gang of Four; Lapierre, Thevenet, Foillard and Breton. Through working with Guy Breton, Andrea learned the ways of allowing the vines to speak for themselves through their wine. Since then, he has been driven by this passion and allows every one of his wines to speak for themselves. This means that if they take 2 years to ferment, they take 2 years to ferment. If the malo decides to never happen, he does not force it. And throughout the journey of the vine to the grape and in to the wine, he allows the wine to make itself, with only the minimalist amount of help to guide it on its way. The year 2007 was Andrea’s his first vintage, and continues to this day. Like nature, each vintage and wine is unique in its place in time and reflects the soil, weather and energy that has gone in to its creation. (Sensus Wine)

This is 100% Syrah from a single vineyard with 30-70 year old vines, partial carbonic fermentation in fiberglass vat, then pressed off and aged for a year in old Burgundy barrels, then bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added.