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Axel Prufer

Le Temps des Cerises, "Avanti Popolo" 2019

Le Temps des Cerises, "Avanti Popolo" 2019

Languedoc, France

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This is a sing-songy, aromatic expression of majority carignan (traditionally it has been 100% carignan though it now has a splash of Grenache in it), with spice and florality, and a kind of at once leafy and riverstony core though the story here is more about its freshness, lightness, and texture than any tasting notes. Level-changing and vibrant. The name of the cuvée is from an old song of the burgeoning labor movement (what would progress into the Italian socialist and communist movements) at the early 20th century -- Avanti Popolo translates to 'Forward, People!' Axel Prüfer tends 8.5 hectares of vines in La Tour-sur-Orb in southern France's Languedoc.

Vinification: Primarily Carignan with a splash of Grenache hand-harvested from ~90 year-old vines grown in decomposed limestone, quartz, and granite soils. Spontaneous fermentation (ambient yeasts; no temp. control) - there may be some short carbonic-maceration prior to pressing. Élevage lasts around 6 months before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered, no additional SO2. 

The Producer: Axel Prufer

East German vigneron extraordinaire Axel Prüfer headed west as a young man, settling in Languedoc to craft his visionary wines. In 2003 he established Domaine Les Temps de Cerises, named for a revolutionary Parisian anthem. Axel's vineyards buzz with life - insects, herbs, flowers and weeds alike. Wild boars roam the nearby forests, kept at bay from the precious grapes by human hair from the local salons. Yield is low, and the winery minimalist: just a few steel and fiberglass tanks. Wood is shunned unless ancient and neutral. Even SO2 rarely makes an appearance.Axel's whites like 'La Peur de Rouge' Chardonnay are outrageously complex and individual. His reds are fresh and pure. For Axel, it's all about letting the grapes express their true selves. His Languedoc vineyards are a haven of natural biodiversity, translated masterfully into the bottle through a minimalist, non-interventionist approach.

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The Region: Languedoc, France

Wines from Languedoc, the largest wine-producing region in France, are a testament to the area's rich history and its commitment to innovation. Stretching from the rugged Mediterranean coastline to the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, Languedoc boasts an astonishing array of microclimates and terroirs, providing an ideal canvas for winemakers to experiment with an impressive range of grape varieties. Known for their exceptional value and quality, Languedoc wines offer an enticing blend of tradition and modernity. From the bold, sun-soaked reds of Corbières to the zesty whites of Picpoul de Pinet and the sparkling Crémants of Limoux, the wines of Languedoc embrace both native and international grape varieties with enthusiasm. These wines exude a captivating sense of place, making them an exciting choice for wine lovers seeking diversity, character, and affordability in every sip.
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