Vigneron Parisien ‘Lutèce’ Vin de France , Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne 2017

Score: 92/100, Off Piste

Les Vignerons Parisiens is the first and only urban winery in Paris.

They produce around 37,000 bottles per vintage, divided over five different cuvées. It was founded by Matthieu Bosser with two partners, oenologist Emmanuel Gagnepain and biodynamic viticulture consultant Frédéric Duseigneur.

Based in the 3 eme Arrondissement, their certified organic grapes are sourced from four growers, located in the communes of Visan and Sabran in the southern Rhône.

The grapes are harvested by their own team of pickers, usually between 6am and noon. The whole clusters are carefully placed into small lug-boxes. They are then loaded onto pallets and transported by refrigerated trucks. After 18 hours of cooling, they are crushed at the rear of their small (organically certified) cellar on Rue de Turbigo.

The wine is raised in-tank and bottled at the end of the April following harvest.

The Lutèce is the only multi-varietal wine made in the cellar. It’s a three-way blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. The traceability of the grapes is known to the exact parcel.

Peach, apricot, light lemon cest and some exotic fruit. Great! The mouth has a background sweetness and even a combination of the exotic fruits.

Final verdict

Climate: Mediterranean

Flavours: Aromatic

Structure: Refreshing

Style: Vibrant

Closure: Cork

Approach: Organic, vegan