Le Ribieral Joe Chandellier Grenache/Carignan 2022

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Le Ribieral Joe Chandellier Grenache/Carignan, natural wine, Languedoc. Light and juicy, lovely rustic red, ideal served lightly chilled.  Grenache from 25 year old vines on east facing vineyards, and Carignan from 45 year old vines that are west-facing. 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan, grown on sandy loam and sandstone. Both of these grapes require plenty of sun to ripen, and of course, the Languedoc provides this in abundance. However, both are picked early enough to retain freshness and then a light touch is used in the winemaking process.

Whole bunch maceration takes place over 12 days, with a third of the wine then transferred to old oak barrels and the remainder in fibreglass. A small amount of sulphur is added at bottling.  This is a wine with a lovely light, fresh character, but with a bit of structure. Lots of southern charm; ripe fruit, herbs and spices. Deep fruit from the Grenache and an earthy background provided by the Carignan. Would be absolutely lovely with a charcuterie board, roast spring lamb, or can absolutely be enjoyed on its own.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural
Producer Joe Chandellier
Country France
Region Languedoc, France
Vintage 2022
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grapes Carignan, Grenache
Terroir Sandy loam and sandstone
Alcohol 13%
Maturation 1/3 in old oak and 2/3 in fibreglass tanks
Total Sulphur Under 50 mg/l
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 3-5 years
Food Matching Anything and Everything, Charcuterie

Joe Chandellier- bringing youth, energy, and dynamism from the Languedoc. Based in St. Côme à Maruéjols, situated in the Cévennes part of Languedoc in the South of France, Joé carefully tends to 5.5 hectares of vines, planted with Carignan, Amaron, Grenache and Syrah, some of which are over 100 years old.

Before establishing his solo venture, Chandellier worked under the tutelage of Alain Allier at the acclaimed Domaine Mouressipe. Alain Allier is himself a disciple of none other than Eric Pfifferling of L'Anglore, creating a lineage of winemakers producing naturally made, soft, utterly drinkable wines that have a concentration, yet a delicacy to them.

In 2019 Joé Chandellier ventured out to create his first independent releases. He has a staunch commitment to organic farming and a dedicated approach to natural wine production, creating wines that truly capture their terroir. Such attention to detail and commitment creates expressive wines that have the utmost purity. The only addition is a small amount of sulphur at bottling, if absolutely necessary, ensuring the wines are as authentic and unadulterated as possible.

His range of red wines includes three blends, all involving Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and/or a lesser-known Languedoc grape, Aramon. Use of whole bunch and carbonic macerations, and ageing in fibre glass tanks, ensures that it's fruit purity and lightness that takes centre stage, almost defying the climate in which they are grown.

In our opinion, this young winemakers status is definitely solidified as 'one to watch'. Don't miss these stunning wines, soon to be available at excellent prices online, or in our shop!

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Le Ribieral Joe Chandellier Grenache/Carignan 2022