Marie Thibault "La Roue Qui Tourne" Bulles Blanc '19
Marie Thibault grew up in the Loire Valley but not in a winemaking family. She knew early on, however, that winemaking was her future. She got degrees in biology and oenology and scored an apprenticeship with François Chidaine, one of the pioneers of natural winemaking in the Montlouis-sur-Loire AOC that has become famous worldwide for Chenin Blanc.
Though her own line of incredible wines are comparably new, she has over a decade of working experience and benefits from strong relationships with many growers in the region such as (personal faves) Noëlla Morantin and Frantz Saumon. Marie has one contiguous parcel on a gentle, windy slope that is drier than the other vineyards of Azay-le-Rideau, which lie on a plateau. Her vineyard is marked by white clay and limestone.
The limestone really shows up in this wine- as this soil type is rich in calcium which leads to the high tonality that we recognize in revered places like Chablis or Champagne. Calcium also plays a role in root depth, as it dries out and cracks, it allows the roots to dig deep in the ground without obstruction- leading to more complexity, subtlety and structure, allowing a young wine like this to have nuance.
"La Roue Qui Tourne" Bulles Blanc ’19 is a methode ancestrale sparkler that practically lights up the room where it’s imbibed. This is a wonderfully clean pet nat. On the nose; salty peach skin. On the palate: fresh green moments that give way to pillowy minerality. Would be completely precious with some sheep’s milk cheese, local honey, and whole wheat crackers. Would totally kill with trout dip too.
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