2010 Robert Sérol "Les Vieilles Vignes" Côte Roannaise Rouge (Previously $14)

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Drive about 50 km west of Lyon in southeastern France and you cross the Loire River and enter the city of Roanne. Continue due west another 10 km and you climb toward the picturesque town of Renaison and the center of one of the Loire’s least known wine appellations, the Côte Roannaise, and one of it’s youngest as well, awarded AC status in 1994. Since 2005 the domaine is certified by Terra Vitis as practicing “Agriculture Raisonée” in accord with the regulations set out by that organization to bring integration between all the actors in the viticultural environment, man, plant, soil, flora, fauna and countryside. Employing only native yeasts, fermentations are done by whole cluster entirely, allowing for a cooler fermentation temperature which preserves fresh fruit flavors and adds a thread of spice that weaves through all of their cuvées. The wines crafted at the Sérol domaine capture all of the charming pleasures of the Gamay fruit and set the standard for what the wines from this little know appellation are capable of achieving.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2012 | Send Email
Every K&L staff member has his or her own personal list of "darlings" - wines we love, usually inexpensive, that keep us coming back for more because they simply make us happy. Nothing more complicated than that. From an obscure appellation in the Loire Valley where the Gamay wines cultivated here have more in common with Beaujolias than the Loire, the Robert Serol VV Cote Roannaise Rouge is one such wine for me. 2010 is an excellent follow-up to the delicious '09. I love its crunchy cranberry and currant aromas and flavors, lively midpalate, mineral accents, and clean finish. Light-bodied and balanced, with moderate alcohol, this is a pleasure to drink on its own or with just about anything.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2012 | Send Email
100% gamay deliciousness. Think of this as Cru Beaujolais even though it isn't technically. Lovely red fruits with a hint of banana and a softer mouthfeel. Roast some meat and vegetables and take this bottle to town.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
Alcohol Content (%): 12