Jean-François Ganevat, 'J`en Veux Encore' Rouge 2018
Bright fruits and lifted aromatics alongside tingly acidity and svelte fruit flavours.
Jean-François Ganevat is one of the leading natural producers in the world, with the domaine based in Jura, France. The scarcity of their wines, and the minimal quantities produced has thankfully led to the production of a range of negoce wines each year under the Anne & Jean-François Ganevat label, with grapes sourced from organic growers throughout France. J`en Veux Encore is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from organically farmed vineyards in Alsace. It’s undergone partial carbonic maceration to give a wine of bright fruits and lifted aromatics alongside tingly acidity. Deserves a light chill and air before drinking!
Variety: Pinot Noir
Profile: Known as the Heartbreak grape owing to its tumultuous nature in the vineyard. Pinot Noir is best suited to cooler regions, including most famously Burgundy in France where it produces the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. Thin skinned and early ripening, Pinot is a very transparent variety, capable of showing subtle differences in terroir and pronounced regional character. Flavours found in young Pinot include raspberries, strawberries, cherries and violets; with time these evolve into a bouquet often reminiscent of game, liquorice and autumnal undergrowth.
Classic Regions: Burgundy, Loire Valley, Alsace (France), Baden, Ahr (Germany), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula (Australia), Walker Bay (South Africa), Russian River Valley, Oregon (USA)
Jean Francois Ganevat
In 1999, Ganevat converted his property to biodynamic viticulture. In 2006 he completely eliminated the use of sulphur. He says the resulting wines are much better and fresher (no mushroom or buttery notes), lighter on their feet and more expressive. This achievement is only possible with clean fruit and proper vineyard management (15 people work full time the 13 hectares of vine) and spotless clean equipment. Since 2013, Jean-François also buys fruit from a total of 10 trusted growers, all of them friends, including two ex-employees who worked for him for many years. The “negoce” was started with his sister Anne to respond to lower yields and increasing climate events (hail among others).