Pascal Potaire, Les Capriades
Pascal is a typical garage winemaker. Dig a hole in a hill, set up a garage door before the opening, put an old wine press and some old barrels inside, et voilà a cave is born.
You don’t need anything else. According to Pascal, the proof of the pudding is disclosed in the wine’s character and not its appearance. Making wine is a process of observation rather than manipulation. For Pascal, as well as his importers, each year is rife with anticipation. What does nature have in store for us this time? Can the grapes be used for a varietal wine or will they have to be blended with another grape? What's it going to be, rosé or red? Or perhaps something in between? Don't think for one moment that cabernet franc is on the menu every year, because he just might come up with a vin gris, made from gamay and pinot. As the esteemed gentlemen of the AOC are disinterested in nature, Pascal produces almost exclusively Vin de Tables or Vin de Pays, because he doesn’t generally do things entirely by the book. Except for his red wine of 2007: that time he did stick to the rules. So there, gentlemen, may we present your AOC approved Touraine. Bottled in the cheapest litre bottle and topped with a crown cap. A mischievous grin....
Nothing makes Pascal lose his composure. Not Mother Nature, money, appearances, nothing, nada. His wines boast an unparalleled purity, concentration, tension and even a kind of drollery à la Tommy Cooper. Seemingly done off the cuff, but in reality timed down to a split second. Exceptionally intelligent, that's what it is. And, oh so delectable.