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Cru-Elles Ludovic Engelvin 2018

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One Line Description Delicious fresh young Grenache, biodynamic production with old vines on clean pure soils make for a superb expression of the noble Grenache. Ripe, dark fruits, sweet spice, garrigue and minerality.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Languedoc, France
Producer Ludovic Engelvin
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Grenache
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Clay Limestone
Total Sulphur Level 10 mg/l
Maturation Short refinement in vat with the lees
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years but superb now
Production Detail Biodynamic
Natural Features Zero Added Sulphites (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfined, Funky Aromas, Unfiltered


Cru-Elles Engelvin is 100% Biodynamic Grenache farmed on ancient clay limestone soils in the Languedoc. Cru-Elles (so named as it was born shortly after a break up with his then girl friend) is stunningly fresh young Grenache with a balance rarely captured in this grape from the hot regions of France. Every time i drink it, i am astonished, the guy is still only 25 and he is making wine like this! He makes several others now and they are all superb, try them!

Ludovic Engelvin started his wine career as a somellier, running a wine shop. After studying under Didier Daganeau in the Loire Valley he decided to return to his native Languedoc, and bought a single hectare of Grenache vines, growing on sandstone and clay limestone, which he began to vinify. He quickly established himself as one of the brightest young wine making talents in France and soon sold his shop to make wine full time. He uses no mechanical intervention, just a herd of sheep to maintain the land, and only herbal remedies being used on the vineyard - no chemicals here! Bottling takes place without fining or filtration. Ludovic is a serious and sensitive soul and this is transmitted in his superb expressions of the Grenache grape variety, of which he now produces several.

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