Olivier Lemasson is a sommelier who encountered natural wines when he worked for an early proponent of those wines, the retailer Eric Macé in Rennes, Brittany. Lemasson became passionate about these odd wines, and trained at Marcel Lapierre’s winery in Morgon, Beaujolais, first by picking grapes four years in a row, then by working for a whole year in his vines and cellar.
Lemasson Vin De France R12 2012 is a natural wine and can open up with a little effervescence which will settle over time. It has a fresh, modest cherry and leather taste to it. 70% côt from 40 year old vines, 20% grolleau from 70 year old vines, and 10% gamay from 30 year old vines.