Sunday was the first of two days of RAW – the artisan wine fair run by Isabelle Legeron MW, one of the foremost advocates of the ‘natural wine’ movement. Whatever the polemics around ‘natural wine’ the 2015 edition of RAW was again hugely popular with consumers. Sunday is largely devoted to consumers, while Monday is reserved for the trade. By early afternoon there was a considerable queue of consumers waiting their turn to get in.
It was interesting tasting a number of white wines that had been fermented in amphores, especially when it was possible to compare the same wine made in a stainless steel vat. I found that the wine made in an amphore had tannins and structure and that are not normally associated with whites.
I’ll leave the polemics to others but I tasted good wines from Loire producers like Peter Hahn (Vouvray), Vincent Caillé, Clos de l’Elu, Domaine de Belle Vue (Jérôme Bretaudeau – Muscadet), Domaine de l’Ecu (Niger Van Herck – Muscadet), Domaine Saint Nicolas (Thierry Michon – Fiefs Vendéens), Château de Bois-Brinçon (Xavier Cailleau, Anjou), Domaine de Montcy (Laura Semeria – Cherverny/Cour-Cheverny), Bertrand & Lisse Jousset (Montlouis), Le Picatier (Christophe & Pialoux, (Vin de France from the Roannaise) and Vincent Caillé (Muscadet) plus Vincent’s joint venture (Vine Revival) with Christelle Guibert of Decanter magazine.