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LVT 2018 r 2018 wh Paul Estève's domaine is on the plain above the Rhône, his Saint-Joseph vineyard more southern sector than northern. He bought his vineyard in 2004, and was previously a Co-operateur at the Cave de Tain, where he used to also work. The vineyard is under organic methods, and since 2011 has been biodynamic, but without a formal certificate. He is the first member of his family to have vineyards, and left school early to work in the cultivation of oranges and olives in Greece.

The wines are all on zero added SO2, and have character, good cut and definition, even if the Vin Nature leaning can be strong at times (Vin de France Madloba blanc). Taking inspiration from a visit to Georgia, Paul has used amphores since 2011; he vinifies and raises some of the wines (the Madloba St Jo red, the Vin de France Madloba white) in amphores, with no oak used since 2013. Following the coronavirus, Paul and Chrystelle, who had a lot of sales to the CHR (Café Hotel Restaurant) trade, decided to go back to grass roots, halve the amount they work on their holding and enter into a sharing arrangement with Erwan Masse at nearby Arras, meaning they will handle three hectares, doing everything themselves.

Paul & Chrystelle Estève Les Miquettes 07300 Cheminas

Tel: +33(0)475 06 85 69

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Quebec

Percentage Exported: 65%, was 30% (2011)

British Importers: Les Caves de Pyrène Pew Corner Old Portsmouth Road Artington GU3 1LP +44(0)1483 538 820 www.lescaves.co.uk sales@lescaves.co.uk

USA Importers: Wine Traditions Ltd, Edward Addiss, Barbara Selig, 3604 Ridgeway Terrace Falls Church Virginia 22044 +1703 333 2853 www.winetraditions.com winetraditions@msn.com Vine Merchants Portland OR +1503 236 6262 www.vinemerchants.com info@vinemerchants.com