Friday, 18 November 2016

Andrea Calek "A Toi Nous" 2015 tastes like a supernova

Andrea Calek’s 2015 "A Toi Nous" is a 750ml s u p e r nova all speed»»»»» and motion and we hooked it down out of the bottle dancing to hard tek. This I know rhymes (tek-Calek) but is also honest true.

It was 22 October and we’d finished up the last drop of Riffault eating salty skinned meats with Frederico sitting in his store and talking talking because some wines are for sitting down and talking, some for thinking and others for fighting. The Calek was for the road and for !f i g h t i n g! which is how you look with hard tek dancing but also for hydration. 

Calek I have read is considered a bit of a punk vagabond and lives in or has lived in a trailer next to his vineyards which are next to Le Mazel’s. These are in the Ardèche and people seem to like writing about the trailer thing probably for the same or similar reason I choose to write about the time we gulp-gulped his juice behind a five high stacked sound system powered by a generator pulled by a tractor driven by squatters rather than the time we drank it nice-nice on the couch, which happened too.

Also when people write about Calek they write he found wine via the olive tree. That he ran AWOL from the Czech army (80’s), met a girl (💛 ), set up in France (🏡 ), studied natural and biodynamic oenology (Lyon), hung out with Fiering’s Gang of Four in the Beaujolais (🍷), apprenticed (Domaine Hauvette) and then started making his own wine (2007) to the tune of about 40,000 bottles a year, you understand, with four types of red and one white Chardonnay / Viognier blend called "Blanc".


But here I’m talking about his 2015 A Toi Nous, namely whole clusters of low alcohol select Syrah + Grenache grapes short time @ low temp a-macerated and later foot-stamped. Two bottlings (December 2015, June 2016), unfiltered and no SO2. Colour of sun shining through a ruby-red, tastes 🌀🌀crazy juicy alive and j a m doughnut jammy of tangy, stick-to-sides-of-your-mouth cherry.


Andrea Calek
"A Tois Nous" 2015
70% Syrah + 30% Grenache
Valvignères, Ardèche

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