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Roussillon


Zuma - 2020 - Raphael Baissas de Chastenet

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Zuma is short for Moctezuma, the last Aztec emperor; this cuvée was vinified with Oscar Mancillas, a Mexican-born winemaker! An exotic nose of roasted pineapple, passion fruit, dried apricot, and white flowers. Palate: taut, with mouthwatering acidity and lovely bitter notes on the finish.

Size
75 cl
Original features
Low-sulfite
Appellation
Vin de France
Degree of alcohol
11.5 %
To drink from
2022 to 2026
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€20.50
VAT included

A blend of organic grapes from Julien Valiente, a tractor driver at Domaine Gauby, whose vineyards are next to Raphael's: 50% Macabeu from 60-year-old vines, and 45% Grenache Noir and Gris from 20- to 30-year-old vines, planted on clay-limestone soils with rounded pebbles. Direct pressing and vinification of the three grape varieties is followed by the addition of 5% Roussanne (macerated in whole bunches for 12 days) then 8 months of maturation in stainless steel vats. Bottled April 2021 without fining or filtration, and just a microdose of sulphur.

Raphael Baissas de Chastenet

Raphael Baissas de Chastenet

Raphael Baissas de Chastenet is the very definition of a free spirit. This thirty-something native of Perpignan, born to a wine merchant father and an artist mother, did a fair bit of wandering before he stumbled onto the vineyard path. As a lover of graffiti and techno, Raph was first drawn to the city life of concerts, cinema and computers, and even landed a job at Apple... But in 2014, the...

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