"Désirade" is the name of a Caribbean island discovered by Christopher Columbus.
This cuvée has a deep nose, lightly oxidative with spicy notes (ginger, nutmeg) and candied oranges. A rich and powerful attack on the palate with a long finish. Serving temperature around 12°C. Ready for drinking now, and will keep up to 10 years.
Match it with: Bresse chicken with cream and morels. Or white meat with creamy sauce and mushroom's. You can also drink it with a « croûte aux morilles » (specialty from Franche Comté !)
Average age of vines: Between 10 to 45 years old. Yield < 30 hL/ha.
Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested // Then the whole bunch is directly pressed // Natural fermentation (indigenous yeast) in 500 l barrels // Ageing on fine lees (no stirring) in (new) oak barrels for 12 months then in stainless steel for 12 more months // Sulphites < 20mg/l.
An agronomist by trade, Thomas, spent his formative years working in Champagne, Burgundy, Provence and California before settling down in the schistrich lands of Anjou Noir with his partner Charlotte in 2008. Together they started Terre De l’Élu (formerly known as Clos de l’Elu), which tends to eight different grape varieties, covering 20 hectares of organically farmed land in the heart of the Loire. In 2018, the duo decided to relinquish the word “Clos” which is reserved only for appellation wines. Due to the restrictions imposed under the appellation rules, Charlotte and Thomas say “we prefer to give priority to our freedom and creativity rather than trying to make wines that do not resemble us.”