FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE
A pop-up natural wine bar & bottle shop in a stable with L'Ubriaco Drunk Cheese from Borough Market
Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th May | 5.30pm-10.30pm
Address: Natural Born Wine HQ, 7 Canning Cross, London SE5 8BH
(a 3 minute walk from Denmark Hill station)
There are few sights and smells that herald the start of summer quite like a glass of salmon-pink Provence rosé... and what a rosé we've found for this year.
Fresh from Château Fontvert, in the heart of the Luberon mountains of northern Provence, we welcome Les Restanques 2017 and a new light 100% cinsault from the same winery. They will be joined on the menu at Natural Born Wine HQ by a rainbow of wines that conjure the flavours of summer, PLUS our buddy Max from L'Ubriaco Drunk Cheese at Borough Market will be on hand to slice up some tasty fromage!
Located near the village of Lourmarin, Château Fontvert finds itself in a place loved by some of history’s greatest literary minds, including Henri Bosco and Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus. For Camus, here was an area of ‘bewildering beauty’, a unique patch of Provence to call home, write and play football (he joined the local team). For Bosco, Lourmarin was a land that ‘has taken root in me’.
Like them, we were drawn to this village last May, where purely by chance, we stumbled on Fontvert – a 16th century estate taken over by the Monod family in the 1950s, with 20ha of vineyards that have been certified organic since 2008 and biodynamic since 2009. ‘The vines are protected by the valley’, says manager Michaël Renaud, ‘which shepherds the bad weather away’. All the grapes are hand-harvested, and fermentations are exclusively with natural yeast. Winemakers Yoann Malandain and Fabrice Monod are part of a collective of winemakers in the region, for whom there is only one way to make wine and that’s biodynamically. Together, they support and champion each other’s creations.
If it’s true that a bottle of wine can capture a time and place, then here's to Lourmarin in 2017 in all its bewildering beauty. Join us inside our little HQ, a 200-year-old stable in south-east London, for a celebration of Château Fontvert, rosé, light red, bottled sunshine... SUMMER!
By the glass | By the bottle | To drink in or take away | Beautifully gift-wrapped bottles with the story of their origins | 10% off any case of 12 bottles (including mixed cases)
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