2019 Andrea Calek A Toi Nous II Grenache Syrah

Rhone, France

Biodynamic Rhone red that's vibrant, light and slurpable.


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Categories: World of Wine

About The Wine

Army deserter and curious traveller, Czech expat Andrea Calek landed in France an outsider.

But hard work and chance encounters with generous teachers in France’s vinous avant-garde, helped build his reputation for producing exciting, sought after wine from the Southern Rhône’s Ardèche.

Biodynamically farmed and with no sulphur additions, this slurpable syrah/grenache blend is vibrant and light, with just the measure of gravelly tannin to add grip and interest to the story.

About Andrea Calek

Having exited the Czech army and landed in France, Andrea Calek met and was inspired by the work of the famous Gang of Four winemakers credited with the reinvigoration of Beaujolais. He credits Guy Breton as a key influence, going on to study in Lyon and at Beaune as well as working with the famed Gerald Oustric of Le Mazel.

His own estate is based around four hectares of vines in the commune of Alba-la-Romaine in the Ardeche area of the Southern Rhone Valley. The wines he makes are almost entirely from estate-grown fruit, biodynamically farmed and made without additives.

Calek and his partner Stefana Nicolescu share the workload of the viticulture and winemaking.

Additional Info

From The Producer

Biodynamically farmed, estate grown fruit from limestone clay soils.

Naturally fermented, unfined, unfiltered and no added sulphur.

60% Syrah, 40% Grenache from clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, 50% direct press vinification, raised in large barrels for 3-8 months.

Blend : Shiraz (60%), Grenache (40%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

This is built for drinking at pace but there’s exquisite tannin to make you pause. Cherry, raspberry (light) are in the mix, so too is an earthy, undergrowth almost autumnal character – it’s beautiful and harmonises perfectly with that fine, tightening grip of silty tannin. - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

DDS review

Pale red; red cherry, smoky airs, strawberry jam, licorice. The palate gives loose red fruits with an aromatic, rose hip, pot pourri attachment, and a discreet rock-iron close that works well. This drinks well. - John Livingstone-Learmonth


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