Michel Autran gave up a career in medicine to train with François Pinon, and started making his own wines just a few years ago. He makes only a few wines, uses virtually no interventions, tiny quantities of sulfur, and raises his wines in neutral casks only. Each wine is focused on one of Vouvray's two great soil types: Les Enfers Tranquilles comes from a classic mix of limestone and clay, while the Ciel Rouge is silex all the way.
And with the Ciel Rouge, we see a leaner, more lithe expression of Chenin, citron and Meyer lemon with a smoky mineral profile. It's racier than Les Enfers Tranquilles, sizzling with electric acid and minerals — svelte, fine and walking a tightrope between delicate and powerful.