Les Cigales dans la Fourmilière Escarpolette Blanc 2021
Muscat a Petit Grains
Ivo has released the 2020 version of his electrifying orange wine called Le Blanc. It is made from Muscat à Petits Grains and Grenache Blanc.
It had about 30 days of maceration before pressing, so the tannins are very light, and with no added sulphites, is also very fresh and drinkable.
It definitely exhibited spicy notes for us such as cinnamon, as well as some hazelnut nuances which is often produced by mild oxidative treatment. There was also some fenugreek notes that signals the presence of sotolon which is a characteristic that we only find in naturally fermented wines.
While there has been some skin contact, the wine is not the slightest bit tannic (such as we find in the skin contact wines from Friuli in Italy where the skins are left in contact for much longer), in fact it was a fresh, lively wine with a bright finish.
Overall, a very compelling and complex wine!