Babass Groll n Roll


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Vintage: 2020
Region: Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Grolleau

Babass Groll n Roll is a crunchy and vibrant red made from organic Grolleau grapes grown in Anjou. Unfined, unfiltered, and no SO2.

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About Babass Groll n Roll

Babass Groll n Roll is a crunchy and vibrant red made from organic Grolleau grapes grown in Anjou. Unfined, unfiltered, and no SO2.

About Les Vignes de Babass

The man behind Les Vignes de Babass is Sebastien Dervieux but people know him as Babass. He was initially a musician but now he is making wines in Beaulieu-sur-Layon just south of Angers, near where the Layon river flows into the Loire. He started as a winemaker for Les Griottes along with Patrick Desplats in 2000. The two of them were rebels in Anjou, as they skipped sulfites during the whole vinification. Babass now makes his own wines from Chenin, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau where some were planted already around 1956 or 1957. His wines taste amazing and are as natural as a wine can be with the hands of humans.

Babass is together with Jean-Christophe Garnier the organizers of the event Les Vins Anonymes in Angers. Les Vins Anonymes is basically a gathering of similarly-minded artisan vignerons making wine without sulfites and working naturally all along, including in the vineyard.

About Grolleau Noir

Grolleau Noir is one of the Loire Valley’s workhorse grapes, used most often in the production of rosé wines under the Rosé d’Anjou AOC. The variety is deeply pigmented but lacks character and concentration, making it largely unsuited to red wine production. Consequently, it is not permitted in any of the Loire’s red wine AOCs.

Grolleau is named for the French word grolle which means “crow” and refers to the dark, the almost black color of the grapes. Despite its color, the variety has thin skins and consequently, there is a lack of tannins and phenolics in the wine, which can lead to a lack of flavor and structure. However, if yields are kept low, Grolleau can produce a light yet vibrant red wine, with herbaceous, sour-cherry flavors. Many of these are vinified as natural wines, although this is more to do with modern winemaking trends in the Loire than it is to do with the qualities of the variety itself.

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