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Friday, 26 February 2016

Pouilly-Fumé – the Reddes quarry a new wine

Romain Redde with the 2014 Barre à Mine, 
Pouilly-Fumé, Michel Redde
 at the 2016 Salon des Vins de Loire

Romain Redde – more often out in the 
vineyard than indoors at wine fairs 

Having visited the vineyard on a couple of occasions it was good to taste the first vintage of Michel Redde's latest wine – 2014 Barre à Mine – at the Salon des Vins de Loire. 

As the name suggests the new wine comes from a quarry – an old disused stone quarry. In order to create the vineyard – on flint – the Reddes had to remove many huge blocks of rock. These are now piled up around the eastern edge of the vineyard, which is at La Roche on the right of the D4 road heading towards Sancerre and close to the Tracy-Sancerre railway station.

Although recently bottled the 2014 Barre à Mine is attractive textured, with good mouthfeel and balance of rich fruit with mineral acidity in the finish.   

Entrance to the La Mine vineyard 
with some of the massive rocks 

 Autumnal view of the vineyard, which faces west, 
with hill of Sancerre in distance 

Understandably, planting this vineyard has taken several years

Completely stoned!

 Sébastien well wrapped up against the cold wind that 
blew across the vineyard when 
we were there in late October 2015

 Sébastien is tall but he is dwarfed here by the rocks

The 42-hectare domaine is now run by Sébastien and Romain Redde with their father Thierry taking a back seat. Sébastien looks after the winery, while much of Romain's time is spent out in the vines.        

Sébastien Redde with the gaffer – Thierry 


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