The opinion of the sommelierTwo words to describe this “vin gris” rosé : astonishing and refreshing ! Astonishing first as it is quite uncommon to be able to taste rosé exclusively made from pineau d’Aunis. This historical variety of the Loire Valley gives light and fresh wines with a lot of character. It’s a true gastronomy rosé with surprising yet seducing peppery and flowery aromas, but it still keeps this refreshing side that we crave for in a rosé.
TerroirThe 13 hectares of Domaine Dinocheau are planted on an underground of tuffeau stone, a blend of chalk and sand that looks white. Tuffeau, with which were built the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, is poor in nutrients : it enhances the expression of aromas low in number but powerful.
Grape varietyPineau d’Aunis is the most ancient variety in Loire Valley. Formerly called chenin noir, it was replaced through time by cabernet franc and is nowadays rather rare. Indeed, this one is mainly used to complete blends and only a few winemakers use it to make single variety wines. It’s a pity as pineau d’Aunis gives very interesting and refined wines !
VintageLoire Valley’s winemakers were strongly wishing for a great vintage like 2015 after a few rough years. The summer was shiny but not too warm, so the grapes would be subjected to just the right amount of stress. The first week of September raised a few concerns as it was rainy just when the grapes are most sensitive to rot. Fortunately, sun quickly came back to dry the vines before the harvest and the rot didn’t have enough time to strike.
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At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah.