Tempranillo / Syrah blend
Sapucai Rouge 2021
Grape Variety: Tempranillo (Ull de Llebre), Syrah, Merlot, Cariñena (Carignan)
Producer: François Écot
Region: Mailly-Le-Chateau, Burgundy, France (grapes from Catalunya)
Wild Scale: 4/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: Organic grape varieites were purchased from Catalonia. Fermented with indigenous yeast in a mix of steel and amphora vessels. Bottled with no fining, filtration or added sulphur.
This Wine: After terrible weather conditions in Burgundy, François was forced to look further afield for grapes in 2021 so he approached friends over the border in Catalonia. Despite the devastation to his own vines, he was excited to work with these different varieties. The wine is medium to full bodied with a wide range of fresh fruit and mineral flavours. No oak.
Notes on the Winemaker: François Écot works out of his grandfather's old house in the small town of Mailly-Le-Chateau in northern Burgundy (near Chablis). He has lived a varied life which included a stint as a Jazz pianist and running his own wine import company in the United States. Now he focusses on making wine from his own 2 hectares near his house or from grapes purchased from friends in Burgundy, Beaujolais and even Catalunya. We paid him a visit in 2022 to see his vines and hear how his latest cuvées were shaping up. A loveable character who makes unique and special wines.