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2016 Le Carillon de Vendôme Pineau d'Aunis, Cave Co-operative du Vendômois

2016 Le Carillon de Vendôme Pineau d'Aunis, Cave Co-operative du Vendômois
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Wine variety: Pineau d'Aunis is an ancient variety of the Loire Valley, its name resulting from the shape of its bunches, pin being French for pine i.e. the fruit resembles a pine cone. It was thought that Chenin Blanc and this grape were related (the former being also known as Pineau de la Loire), but this has been disproved by DNA analysis. When the yield is controlled Pineau d'Aunis is capable of producing really fine wines.

Wine region: The vineyards of the Vendômois are located along the banks of the river Loir, a tributary of the Loire proper. It also happens to be France’s most northerly wine producing region. The Loire Valley offers a great diversity of wine styles along its not inconsiderable length, both in red and white wines. White wine vineyards change from Sauvignon Blanc to Melon de Bourgogne via Chenin Blanc as one journeys from source to sea, whilst red wine producers grow Pinot Noir, Malbec (locally called Cot), Gamay and, most famously, Cabernet Franc. White wine styles range from crisp and dry, through sparkling to medium and fully sweet, botrytised versions. Reds are crisp and snappy.

Wine producer: This wine comes from the local co-operative, the lone example along the Loir. Founded in 1929, the Cave Coopérative du Vendômois has twenty growers who deliver grapes to be sold under the Côteaux du Vendômois appellation.

*** 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards SILVER Medal Winner ***

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Style
Style:
Dry rosé - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Pineau d'Aunis
  Producer
Producer:
Cave Co-operative du Vendômois
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
France
  Appellation
Appellation:
Côteaux de Vendômois
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Loire Valley
  Colour
Colour:
Still Rosé
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Salads
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 11.9 degrees C. Pretty and pale and salmon. Lovely scented nose of red fruits and nut. A note like damp earth after rain. And perhaps even a light coffee note. This has very nice tension from near the front. It takes on a spray of fine, tilth-like minerals. The acidity within is crisp red apples and it’s a nicely long thing, this. The death suggests a wisp of bitter grapefruit pith that only serves to make the whole thing more refreshing. A structured thing with grip that appears to contain some tannin. Good with or without food: a versatile thing, evidently!

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