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Cassini, Cassini Bordeaux Rouge 2020


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    St Emilion

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    Arnauld Cassini

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Cassini is based in St Emilion but trained in the Loire and ages this 100% Merlot in cement vats for 22 months. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered so vegan-friendly. There's a nod to the Loire here with the leafiness and red berry crunch but ripe plum and graphite ground it in Bordeaux. Super value lunchtime claret.

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Working towards his biodynamic certification he has practised this way for years. All work in the vineyard done manually, with no insecticides or anti-mildew chemicals used. 3 week fermentation with elevage of 22 months in cement tanks. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Minimal amount of SO2 added just before bottling.

Arnauld Cassini is one of a few producers leading a revolution. A revolution against the intervention-heavy winemaking which has plagued one of the worlds finest terroirs. With close friends Catherine and Pierre Breton, and taking inspiration from Didier Dagueaneau, he takes a hands-off approach in the vineyard. This extends to the cellar, where he uses no oak (preferring concrete as a vessel for fermentation and maturation), minimal sulphur and neither fines nor filters his wines. As a result, Arnauld describes himself as a natural winemaker which he takes to mean that his wines are a pure reflection of their terroir. Working towards his biodynamic certification he has practised this way for years and the wines show a vitality and uniqueness that is incredibly compelling. This is rebel winemaking at its best and the wines are delicious.

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