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Region
Loire
Grape
60% Cab Franc, 40% Côt
Soil
Clay, Flint, Limestone
Farming
Organic
Age of Vines
30 years (avg.)
Notes
Unfined/Unfiltered

Tango Atlantico

Noëlla Morantin

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Noëlla Morantin, originally from Brittany, started making wine in the Touraine in 2008. A random encounter with a professor of viticulture inspired her to start learning about wine and the hobby quickly became an obsession. In 2001, she quit her job and started viti//vini school, where she interned with Agnès and René Mosse until 2003. In 2004, she met Junko Arai, the owner of the now defunct Touraine estate Les Bois Lucas. The two hit it off and Noëlla was eventually hired as head overseer of the estate.

Bois Lucas‘ vines had previously been owned by Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet of Clos Roche Blanche. Working in close proximity to each other served as a natural way for Noëlla and Didier to get to know each other, and the two became friends. In 2008, the decision was made to downsize CRB in half; this coincided with Noëlla’s plans of starting her own estate, so she jumped on the opportunity when Didier proposed she rent some of his vines.

Up until 2016, Noëlla rented 8.5 hectares of vines from ex-Clos Roche Blanche land. With Catherine and Didier’s retirement along Julien Pineau and Laurent Saillard’s acquisition of the land, Noëlla had to source other parcels to rent, particularly for Gamay and Côt. She eventually purchased four hectares of land she worked with at Bois Lucas, and later the “Les Pichiaux” and “Chez Charles” parcels that produce her single parcel Sauvignons. Today she owns all of her vines, six hectares in total. She also buys fruit as a négociant to produce a few entry level cuvées.

Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Côt and Cabernet Franc are cultivated (Noëlla ripped out her Cabernet Sauvignon in 2019 to plant Romorantin). The vines are tended organically (certified by Ecocert in 2008), and the wine is vinified without intervention or manipulation. Almost everything ferments in large wooden vats.

Other than the “Marie-Rose” (a Cabernet Sauvignon rosé named after Noëlla’s grandmothers), all wines are aged a year to a year and a half in old barrels, which differs from the vast majority of Touraine wines, which get released in the early Spring. Not wanting to deal with AOC politics, Noëlla intentionally declassifies all her cuvées to Vin de France.

Vinification notes: The varietals are vinified seperatly. Both are destemmed. The Côt fermented an aged in tronconic wooden vat. It receives 15mg per liter of sulfur just before bottling.

-Louis/Dressner

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