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2019 Luyt Pipeno Coronel de Maule

$20.00
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The Gist

  • Grape Varietal: 100% Pais (Mission)
  • Maule Valley, Chile
  • Organic and dry farming
  • Spontaneous fermentation and aged in pipas
  • Unfined/Lightly filtered
  • 13% ABV
  • 1L Bottle

Freedom is not a word typically associated with agricultural work, but in a perfect world, it’s through farming that one is allowed unique freedom to find communion with mother nature. Louis Anton Luyt, a Burgundian in Chile, has over the course of a decade championed and nurtured winemakers throughout the country through his mentorship and partnership with local vignerons, providing consultation for Chilean winemakers to move away from the commercial practices so pervasive throughout the country, in place of sustainable dry farming techniques. These efforts have largely revitalized the industry and paved the way for a new wave of producers who are expressing terroir with a fresh faced approach. Owing its name to the Coronel de Maule sub zone, the País grapes are dry farmed in 200+ year old bush vines grown in rich, heavy clay soils with granite and quartz. The bunches are hand harvested and fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts, then aged briefly in large wooden tanks called pipas, from where the term Pipeño derives. The Coronel de Maule is one of if not the most distinctive wines in Luyt’s oeuvre. The arrival of summer beckons for a wine like this. Smokey, with a distinct agave like texture, the wine feels energetically confident and laid back fun, and if you want to be - contemplative. -Sonya T.