Years ago in a Paris bistro, I was presented with a glass of l'Autrement made by the Savoie legend Jacques Maillet, who blended together Mondeuse, Gamay, and Pinot Noir into a beautiful creation. The wine’s beguiling and intriguing aromatics and its unique sense of terroir and deliciousness are still with me today.
After several visits with Maillet’s protégés Marie and Florian Curtet, I felt compelled to source similar grapes here in California. In 2017 and 2018 vintage, we sourced these three varieties through friends and from the Phelan Farm near Cambria. Excitingly, our first estate-grown wines planted to these varieties will be ready in 2019.
The fruit was de-stemmed and fermented natively and separately in small stainless tanks, then blended and aged in one neutral puncheon (500L barrel). The distinction of each variety shines through with Pinot Noir offering fruit, Gamay bringing acid, and Mondeuse contributing color. It is playful, juicy, crunchy, and super-super good!
The name Tres Chingones refers to the three major pests in our vineyards: wild boar, coyote, and starling; and also represents the fantastic combination of these three bad-ass varieties together.
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