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BEL0920SP
Batard Langelier
Pensées Nocturnes
2020
Loire
Organic Conversion
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur
Vegan

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The Loire, France's longest river, is home to many much celebrated and quintessential French grapes. From the once ubiquitous-in-the-UK Melon de Bourgogne by the Atlantic coast, to the home of Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre, via some of the world's best Chenin and crunchy Cabernet Francs, Gamays and Pinots there is quality all around. Being at the northernly limit for winemaking, the wines are hallmarked by their crisp, fresh, crunchy fruit and high acidity, where reds may sometimes struggle to ripen and whites nearly overdeliver on acidity. The 69 appellations that make up the larger region are grouped into smaller sub-regions with predominantly single variety wines leading the way. As you move east the climate changes markedly from maritime to continental as the soils change from flint and limestone to the hard granite of central France.

Jeremie and his wife Claire are third generation winemakers responsible for around 24 hectares of vines (averaging 40 years old) in the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation to the SE of Nantes. Found a mere 50km away from the Atlantic the true joy in their wines, and the reason I have taken 4 cuvees from the same one single grape (Melon de Bourgogne), is the variety of soils on which it grows and varying time it spends aging on its lees. Each cuvee is a parcelaire selection to truly express the minerality, finesse and typicity of their soils from; sandy loam, gabbros, clay silicious, gneiss and biotite granite with lees aging ranging from 6 to 24 months. Having travelled the world over, Jeremie and Claire returned inspired by cleaner low intervention farming and in 2014 started the conversion to Organic viticulture.

Tasting note: The nose is bready; with vanilla notes; like an iced bun. Baked yellow apple and ripe green fruits follow. An energetic fizz with soft balanced mousse. First up is the thrilling acidity; racy and bone dry with citrus; lime; green apple skin and a slight chalkiness that follows. The end is drying, fresh, taught and mouthwateringly clean.
Winemaking Detail: Grapes are soft pressed and juice allowed to run off immediately. Fermentation and ageing on lees takes place in underground cement tanks for 7 months. Tirage in April 2021 followed by 14 months ageing in bottle. Disgorged in July 2022 with no dosage.
Features Lemon Green-apple Vanilla Bone-dry Mineral

Features Bone dry, Green apple, Lemon, Mineral, Tense, Vanilla,
Tasting note The nose is bready, with vanilla notes, like an iced bun. Baked yellow apple and ripe green fruits follow. An energetic fizz with soft balanced mousse. First up is the thrilling acidity, racy and bone dry with citrus, lime, green apple skin and a slight chalkiness that follows. The end is drying, fresh, taught and mouthwateringly clean.
Drink with
Lemon Mousse, Quiche, Soft Cheeses,

Wine details

Country France
Region Loire
Producer Batard Langelier
Wine Name Pensées Nocturnes
Colour Sparkling
Style Fresh & Floral
Vintage 2020
Main Grape Folle Blanche
Other Grapes 30% Melon de Bourgogne
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure cork
A.B.V. 12%
Production 4000
Aging 14 months
Soil Gabbro
Time to drink Now - 2024
Winemaking Detail Grapes are soft pressed and juice allowed to run off immediately. Fermentation and ageing on lees takes place in underground cement tanks for 7 months. Tirage in April 2021 followed by 14 months ageing in bottle. Disgorged in July 2022 with no dosage.

BEL0920SP
Batard Langelier
Pensées Nocturnes
2020
Loire
Organic Conversion
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur
Vegan

The Loire, France's longest river, is home to many much celebrated and quintessential French grapes. From the once ubiquitous-in-the-UK Melon de Bourgogne by the Atlantic coast, to the home of Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre, via some of the world's best Chenin and crunchy Cabernet Francs, Gamays and Pinots there is quality all around. Being at the northernly limit for winemaking, the wines are hallmarked by their crisp, fresh, crunchy fruit and high acidity, where reds may sometimes struggle to ripen and whites nearly overdeliver on acidity. The 69 appellations that make up the larger region are grouped into smaller sub-regions with predominantly single variety wines leading the way. As you move east the climate changes markedly from maritime to continental as the soils change from flint and limestone to the hard granite of central France.

Jeremie and his wife Claire are third generation winemakers responsible for around 24 hectares of vines (averaging 40 years old) in the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation to the SE of Nantes. Found a mere 50km away from the Atlantic the true joy in their wines, and the reason I have taken 4 cuvees from the same one single grape (Melon de Bourgogne), is the variety of soils on which it grows and varying time it spends aging on its lees. Each cuvee is a parcelaire selection to truly express the minerality, finesse and typicity of their soils from; sandy loam, gabbros, clay silicious, gneiss and biotite granite with lees aging ranging from 6 to 24 months. Having travelled the world over, Jeremie and Claire returned inspired by cleaner low intervention farming and in 2014 started the conversion to Organic viticulture.

Tasting note: The nose is bready; with vanilla notes; like an iced bun. Baked yellow apple and ripe green fruits follow. An energetic fizz with soft balanced mousse. First up is the thrilling acidity; racy and bone dry with citrus; lime; green apple skin and a slight chalkiness that follows. The end is drying, fresh, taught and mouthwateringly clean.
Winemaking Detail: Grapes are soft pressed and juice allowed to run off immediately. Fermentation and ageing on lees takes place in underground cement tanks for 7 months. Tirage in April 2021 followed by 14 months ageing in bottle. Disgorged in July 2022 with no dosage.
Features Lemon Green-apple Vanilla Bone-dry Mineral

Features Bone dry, Green apple, Lemon, Mineral, Tense, Vanilla,
Tasting note The nose is bready, with vanilla notes, like an iced bun. Baked yellow apple and ripe green fruits follow. An energetic fizz with soft balanced mousse. First up is the thrilling acidity, racy and bone dry with citrus, lime, green apple skin and a slight chalkiness that follows. The end is drying, fresh, taught and mouthwateringly clean.
Drink with
Lemon Mousse, Quiche, Soft Cheeses,

Wine details

Country France
Region Loire
Producer Batard Langelier
Wine Name Pensées Nocturnes
Style Fresh & Floral
Vintage 2020
Main Grape Folle Blanche
Other Grapes 30% Melon de Bourgogne
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure cork
A.B.V. 12%
Production 4000
Aging 14 months
Soil Gabbro
Time to drink Now - 2024
Winemaking Detail Grapes are soft pressed and juice allowed to run off immediately. Fermentation and ageing on lees takes place in underground cement tanks for 7 months. Tirage in April 2021 followed by 14 months ageing in bottle. Disgorged in July 2022 with no dosage.