Les Équilibristes Hirsute Blanc
Perigord is a lesser known appellation in southwest France where wine has been cultivated since Roman times.
“Les Equilibristes” (the “Tightrope Walkers”) are François de Monval, wine merchant and restaurant owner in Paris and Florent Girou, the “travelling oenologist”, a winemaker in the Perigord Region. Their set of golden rules are the following: indigenous grape varieties, organic winemaking, tillage, indigenous yeasts, minimal sulphur rates.
The blend of the Hirsute is typical of whites around the periphery of Bordeaux (Semillon/Sauvignon), but with the addition of Chenin Blanc. The Sauvignon undergoes 48 hours of skin maceration before blending. The wine ages in barrels for six months, and then goes on to age in amphora on its lees. Complex but medium/light-bodied with apples, pears, and lemons bouncing around the palate! Just a joyous, fun wine.
70% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chenin Blanc