Same River Twice Vin de France Bio Rosé 2020

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2020 is our first vintage of Rosé. We dearly wanted to make a old-fashioned Rosé with colour, body and texture, far removed from “pale Rosé”. Through our long-nourished connections in the region, we were able to work some old vine Grenache Noir from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Clairette from just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The wine was made for us by one of our longest standing collaborators and friends, a legend in his own right in Châteauneuf. Organic, very simply made, it was bottled 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 Clairette is very gently pressed by pneumatic press direct to inox tank to which whole bunches of lightly crushed Grenache Noir are added, to ferment dry which takes 2 weeks. We use natural yeasts and control the temperature to around 18-21º for a gentle and pure expression of fruit. There’s no extraction, the Grenache simply infuses and lends colour to the Clairette. 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.