Le Quai a Raisins, Lopin
ORGANIC / NATURAL
Lopin is made from completely de-stemmed Cinsault grapes which ferment spontaneously (with native yeasts) and macerate for 12 days to extract the perfect amount of flavour and texture from the skins. Maturation occurs in a mixture of old oak barrels, steel tanks and amphora, for a full 12 months. Finally, it is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and without the addition of sulphur, making this a completely natural expression of the grape. In the glass it is a delicate ruby red colour, with a wonderfully aromatic bouquet of cherries, strawberries and cracked black pepper. Whilst Cinsault tends to produce very juicy, fruity wines with a rather light body, Lopin's long maceration and maturation process in different vessels gives it more weight and complexity on the palate, with a nice tannic structure and a long finish.
Imogen and French Robin work a minuscule 1.5 hectares of their own, adding to their haul with selected grapes from friends and neighbours, all of which are farmed organically or biodynamically. Both of them are science graduates, so they work meticulously and precisely to protect the unique characteristics of the grape and terroir, eschewing the use of any chemical or biological additives.
Origin: Languedoc/Roussillon, France
Grape varieties: Cinsault
Food pairings: Beef, pasta dishes, veal, pizza
Bottle size: 75cl
Delivery Local delivery (E17, E10 postcodes): Free Available for deliveries within London E17, E10 postcodes only. Next day service* (*subject to availability)
Click & Collect: Free Place your order online, then pop by to our shop (149 Forest Rd, E17) during our opening hours to pick up your bottles. We will contact you as soon as your order is ready.
Standard Delivery: £8.95 Free over £70 (£8.95 standard charge) Next day service, we dispatch parcels Mon - Fri with DHL couriers. All orders placed until midnight will be dispatched next working day on next day service.
Returns: If you are unsatisfied for any reason, you may return your purchase within 30 days. Free to store, if not possible, the buyer is responsible for return shipping and may ship back the item using the carrier of their choice.