Have you got your festive season wines sorted? Here’s a clue. Vivanterre is a natural wine produced in the Auvergne region of France by Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau, and founded by Rosie and Max Assoulin, with the support of renowned sommelier Cedric Nicaise. Using organically and biodynamically farmed grapes, vinified using natural processes, and untouched by any fining, filtering, or added sulfites, Vivanterre reflects the “Living Earth” from which it comes. Introduced by mutual friends, the Vivanterre team – the new-wave wine-makers! – came together with the intention to create a delicious natural wine using sustainable practices. The collaborative spans the creative worlds, with a mix of wine experts and novices, who came together to create a wine that is truly a product of shared perspectives. So, now here’s the tough choice: Orange or Gamay (which I’m saving for the Christmas Eve)? Vivanterre’s Orange Contact SGU offers flavors of white peach, lychee and tropical fruits. Beyond the fruits, there are notes of white flowers, black tea and ginger. Tastes like heaven, right? Meanwhile Red Gamay MVB boasts flavors of bright red and black ripe fruits, cherries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries, with a backbone of acidity that offers balance to the ripeness of the fruit. Yum. Ok… just pick both!
Collage by Edward Kanarecki, featuring Rosie Assoulin‘s autumn-winter 2020 looks.