Armand Heitz, Aurélien Fevbre et François Lécaillon

The "Connivence" cuvée

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What is the Connivence cuvée?

When we speak of Connivance, we mean a secret agreement, the pooling of a form of intelligence, with a convergence of ideas and actions.

The idea of ​​the Connivence cuvée was born from a desire to share a common love of the land and good wine. It is also in this idea that the label was created, with two vines that intertwine to form one, thus showing the alliance of two winegrowers to create this wine.

Logo cuvée Connivence

In all simplicity, these cuvées seek to highlight friendship, sharing, and result in gluttony, delicacy and even poetry.

This idea also brings us back to our desire to do things differently, whether through a philosophy of working with nature, but also through the design of a singular, original wine, highlighting the idea of ​​sharing both in terms of its creation and its tasting.

2017, first collusion between Burgundy and Beaujolais

The first vintage of the Connivence cuvée was produced in 2017, with Alex Foillard, winemaker in Beaujolais, and present on the Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly crus. This vintage combines the freshness of Gamay and the complexity of Pinot Noir. It is made up of 50% of each grape variety. The Gamay comes from the cultivation of Alex Foillard on plots of Beaujolais Village in Morgon, and the Pinot Noir grapes come from our vines.

Connivence 2017 avec Alex Foillard

Why link Burgundy and Beaujolais? Because we have always loved Beaujolais wines, and this was an opportunity for us to take a first step towards Gamay and a culture without sulfur before launching our own estate in Juliénas.

Today, our estate still produces a cuvée combining Gamay and Pinot Noir, but with grapes exclusively from our vines located in Burgundy and Beaujolais, this is the cuvée Folie Sauvage combining red fruit and freshness.

2018, Collusion between the Côte de Beaune and Auxois

The Connivence adventure continues in 2018, this time with a white wine and in collaboration with Aurélien Febvre, winemaker in Thorey-sous-Charny on the IGP Côteaux de l'Auxois appellation. This 100% Chardonnay cuvée is made from 50% grapes from our vines and 50% grapes from the Aurélien Febvre estate.

Although located in the same department, the Côteaux de l'Auxois grapes are harvested about three weeks later than those of the Côte de Beaune, which shows that the environment in which the grapes develops, plays a fundamental role in the making of wine, even with the same grape variety.

Connivence 2018 avec Aurélien Fevbre

The idea of ​​the vintage 2018 of the Connivence cuvée was therefore to work and introduce Chardonnay in another form, through the singular expression of each terroir within the same bottle.

The choice to collaborate with Aurélien Febvre was therefore a natural one, especially when we know his wines, and his expertise in the wine and wine fields. As a pillar of the Géophile method, which aims, among other things, to rebalance the soil for the vines and to promote the good health of the plants, Aurélien Febvre is a winemaker with whom we share a lot of values ​​and with whom we want to work. .

If you want more information on the Geophile method, you can consult this article.

Connivance to follow…

Always in this spirit of sharing and novelty, we are currently hard at work developing the 2019 vintage of the Connivence cuvée. But which winemaker will this vintage be made with?

Léo Plassard


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