Barbara Lebled - 2021 - Hey! Un Dernier Cot?
Loire Valley, France
In 2019, Laurent was able to purchase 10 hectares of vines and a cellar from a retiring vigneron in the same proximity to the Saint-Aignan vines he'd been working historically. Compared to the logistically complicated past of living in Saumur, working vines principally in Saint-Aignan and running a cellar over an hour away in Savigny-en-Véron (Chinon), Laurent and his wife Sonya now live in Châtillon-sur-Cher, a 12 minute drive to the vineyards, making life a lot easier. But it also meant a huge jump in land ownership, one Laurent could not handle alone. It just so happened that his oldest daughter Barbara had caught the wine bug and was finisihing her professional studies. So Laurent proposed that if Laura were willing to work the entirety of the estate with him, she could use 2.5 hectares of vines to launch her own project. She accepted and 2019 marks her first vintage. Her first release is a Gamay called "Gamay Sans Toi". Unlike her father, Barbara has chosen to to a traditional maceration intsead of a carbonic one, making for a more structured affair. Like her father, the wine intentionally declassified from Touraine to Vin de France and bottled unfined, unfiltered and without the addition of S02. (Louis Dressner)