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Axel Prüfer
Avanti Popolo (Magnum) 2019

Carignan, cinsault, aramon, and a bit of muscat from Axel’s neighbour Tom, a young winemaker with a 7ha site that Axel helps out with here and there. In 19, Axel lost quite a bit of red fruit after a long summer’s drought, and ultimately turned to Tom to purchase some fruit; this wine is entirely from Tom’s vineyards. The fruit undergoes a 10 day semi-carbonic maceration, producing a wine of great lift and energy. Just a touch of VA speckles the palate and brings even more freshness to the featherweight red and pink fruit.
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Carignan, cinsault, aramon, and a bit of muscat from Axel’s neighbour Tom, a young winemaker with a 7ha site that Axel helps out with here and there. In 19, Axel lost quite a bit of red fruit after a long summer’s drought, and ultimately turned to Tom to purchase some fruit; this wine is entirely from Tom’s vineyards. The fruit undergoes a 10 day semi-carbonic maceration, producing a wine of great lift and energy. Just a touch of VA speckles the palate and brings even more freshness to the featherweight red and pink fruit.

Producer

Axel Prüfer
Languedoc, France

What we know about Axel Pruffer: he’s originally from East Germany, immigrated to France and began his natural wine career around 3 decades ago. Since, he’s taken an intuition-led approach to his winemaking, never conducting analyses, and instead spends most of his time in his vines during the growing season, watching and listening carefully. From his cellar just north of Beziers in the often dry, low elevation region...

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