LE TEMPS DES CERISES Axel Prufer
06-03-2021 15:51 - Review
LE TEMPS DES CERISES
An icon of natural wine, Axel Prüfer is the mind and arm of the Le Temps des Cerises winery (Languedoc). Arrived from Germany in 1998 in the south of France and it's by chance of his meetings (Yan Rohel, Jean-François Nicq, at the time in charge of the Cave d'Estézargues and Eric Pfifferling, Anglore Cellar, the 3 great figures of the new winemaking natural world) who immerses himself "naturally" in his new life as an oenologist.
2003: it's already the Time of Cherries and the harvest of Axel's first wine which exploits its own vineyard and rents the rest for a total of 8.5 hectares. Le Mas Blanc is home to the winery, but the vineyards are located further up the hills in some of the region's most beautiful but inhospitable areas. It's not easy to produce delicate and fresh wines from such a brutal environment, but Axel succeeds year after year thanks to the harvest done at the right time and a delicate touch in the cellar, where all the grapes are fermented in whole bunches, including whites and élevage is done in large tanks.
Wines with evocative and provocative names as much as he is! Today he is a sorcerer's apprentice to the point of attempting long macerations on whites or blends of which he himself has forgotten the vines...what a phenomenon!
Avanti Popolo '19 - super drinkable blend composed of Carignan, Aramon (a rare grape of the region) and Cinsault. The nose is flooded with bright red berry fruits and rose petals. It's vibrant, spicy and very "funky". On the palate it's intense and fresh with notes of fruit, spices and invigorating minerals. Super glou glou!!! € 16.90
Fou du Roi '19 - translated as "The Jester", is a delightful blend (Grenache Noir, Carignan, Cinsault), with a light to medium body, splendid minerality and chalky tannins, although the wine sings above the its structural and material elements with really exciting complex aromas (it has a kind of Alsatian scented element). € 20.90
La Capitulation ne paie pas '19 - this is the wine formerly known as Axel's "Brutal" or "Fatal Brutal". Lively and light as always (9.7% vol. !!!), Cinsault in a pure and very alive form. € 24.90
La Peur du rouge '19 - a pure and wonderfully complex expression of Chardonnay from the legendary Axel Prüfer! Extreme minerality!!! € 25.90
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