Same River Twice Vin de France Bio Blanc 2020

2020 is our first vintage to make white and it’s a lovely expression of a favourite native grape, Clairette showing the mineral, floral, fruit aromatic quality. Through our long-nourished connections in the region, we were able to work with a producer who’s one of our longest standing collaborators and friends, a legend in his own right in Châteauneuf. We discovered that he farms this Clairette just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape – organically, as with all his vines. He made the wine for us very simply. We bottled it unfiltered so there’s a deposit which can turn the wine cloudy if shaken; it’s nothing but natural goodness, you might even find more flavour when shaken.

The fruit comes from 2 hectares of poor, stony, clay-limestone soils, on a low lying plateau around 120m altitude just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape as well as a mosaic of soils in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vines are aged between 40 and 100 year old, which are farmed organically.

The winemaking is simple: The fruit is very gently pressed by pneumatic press direct to inox tank to ferment dry which takes 2 weeks. We use natural yeasts and control the temperature to around 15-17º for a gentle and pure expression of fruit. There are no additions or manipulations except a touch of sulfites on the harvest and after malo, which is left to happen naturally, soon after the alcoholic fermentation. After the malo the wine is racked and moved to age in concrete for 4 months. It’s bottled without fining or filtration so there will be a light deposit.

The wine was bottled on 19 January 2021, a fruit day in the lunar calendar. We made just 4000 bottles.

Alcohol 13.5%
SO2 Total 56 mg/L

About the name of our wine

The name comes from a piece of timeless Stoic philosophy. Seneca quotes Heraclitus saying “We go down twice into the same river, and yet into a different river. For the stream keeps the same name but the water has already flowed past.”

For this is applicable as much to wine as with all other experiences in life. We come back to the wines we love, and there’s always something more, something different to appreciate. A wine tasted for the first time reveals new aromas and textures from first glass to last and over the course of a day or two or three. A wine that we re-visit after a few years storage will be the same wine in name, yet likely a quite different experience.

The books, the art, the music, the films, places we know remain the same yet change with each reading, viewing, listening, visit as we change, and as the world around us changes.

When I listen to the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet today, an album recorded in 1968, it sounds masterful, complete, beautiful – and utterly different from the difficult album I first listened to as a teenager in the late 1970’s.

Same River Twice Vin de France tries to express a fresh take on a familiar aromatic palette, made with respect for, and inspired by, the traditional wine styles of southern France.