2017 Domaine Vincent Giraudon Cote Roannaise Gamay Rosé
Loire Valley, France
A top bio producer from Côte Roannaise, the ’11th cru of Beaujolais’.
The little known region of Côte Roannaise, is at the eastern-most reach of the Loire Valley region, the appellation allows only Gamay, with whites declassified to IGP d’Urfé. Vincent Giraudon manages the vines managed organically, and childhood friend Romain Paire of Domaine des Poithiers is retained on winemaking duty.
100% Gamay rosé, with some parcels briefly macerated on skins, blended with direct press components. This is a savoury, bone dry style, offering a seductive slurpability of Gamay fruit with a serious, rocky mineral structure underneath. It leads with violets and crushed flower petals, offering juicy wild strawberry and plum flavours. A different beast to a Provence rosé without the saline lick, but undeniably complex and intriguing due to its deep mineral core.
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