Mary Taylor has sourced an incredible French red blend from a vineyard lying a bit north of the famous Loire appellations Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume in the quiet town of Coteaux du Giennois; they’ve been producing wines since the 2nd century but only received an AOP status in 1998. Vintner Alice Berthier and her team work their hillside vineyards’ complex soils of silex, limestone and clay with the utmost respect for the environment by planting grass between rows, encouraging biodiversity, and using natural forms of pest control such as sexual confusion. Yes, you read that right! And this red blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay is a pure delight.
Our Coteaux du Giennois red vines are planted on the complex soils of Pougny and Saint Père, small villages in the heart of the Central Vineyards. The terroir is a mix of 50% silex soil from the town of St Père, and 30% limestone and 20% clay from the town of Pougny, along the Loire River. Each plot is vinified separately and brings its own complexity to the final wine. In the cellar, grapes are pressed gently with a pneumatic press and fermented with to 14 days, with twice daily pump-overs for gentle extraction. When the wine completes malolactic fermentation, it is racked and aged for 10 to 12 months before bottling.
On the nose, dark fruits shaken and stirred by spice.
On the palate, cherries, blackberries and blueberries competing for a spice crown.
Pair with grilled red meats are, of course, fab, but to hit home that French country charm, try some rabbit!