Patrick Bouju x Jason Ligas, Hüpnos 2018
Sous le Végétal is a super exciting collab between legendary French maestro Patrick Bouju, young Greek winemaker Jason Ligas and Ochin Clovis (You may remember him from Action Bronson's hit VICE series "From Paris With Love").
Hüpnos, which translates as 'sleep' in Greek, refers to the dormant volcano Mount Karvounis where the vineyard for this particular wine is located. The grapes are grown on soils that are a mixture of basalt and limestone, well-known for the electrifying effects they can have on wines from other volcanic sites. This particular wine is a bit of an experiment with maceration, and to ensure the aromatic components of the grapes are retained as much as possible the grapes are hand harvested in the cool of the night, followed by a long whole-bunch maceration of 40 days in steel then some time in big old 500-litre barrels. Unsurprisingly Hüpnos is the most complex of Sous le Végétal collection; layered aromatics, texture, tension, and a punch dose ofminerality.
Region: Agii Sarandides, Samos, Greece
Grapes: Muscat de Samos
Size: 75cl bottle