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Thomas Batardière
L'Esprit Libre 2019

Thomas Batardière biodynamically farms his 3.3ha of vines in Rablay-sur-Layon, nestled just South of the Layon river, where the soils are riverbed-rich with sands, schist, clay, and stones. Thomas finds lovely balance in the more spiritual principles of biodynamics with a pragmatic approach to winemaking - using sulfur only where absolutely necessary, and taking a real hands-off approach to vinification. Using only stainless steel during elevation accentuates the tension and lean minerality of L'Esprit Libre. Laser focused, with only a touch of underripe white fruit to break up the predominant saline character.
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Thomas Batardière biodynamically farms his 3.3ha of vines in Rablay-sur-Layon, nestled just South of the Layon river, where the soils are riverbed-rich with sands, schist, clay, and stones. Thomas finds lovely balance in the more spiritual principles of biodynamics with a pragmatic approach to winemaking - using sulfur only where absolutely necessary, and taking a real hands-off approach to vinification. Using only stainless steel during elevation accentuates the tension and lean minerality of L'Esprit Libre. Laser focused, with only a touch of underripe white fruit to break up the predominant saline character.

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Thomas Batardière
Rablay-sur-Layon, Loire, France

Thomas seems to us a man of quiet greatness. He had a few past lives, once an anthropologist, another time a cinematographer, all before settling down into the ever-changing career of vigneron. After working with Chateau Yvonne, he managed to buy a few (4 total, 3.3 farmed) hectares of vines in the acclaimed Anjou Noir of Rablay-sur-Layon, with most sites situated at the southern side of the river, but holds...

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