2011 Robert Sérol "Les Vieilles Vignes" Côte Roannaise Rouge
This comes from the little known AC of Côte Roannaise, which was established in 1994 and sits about 50 kilometers west of Lyon in the Loire Valley. The granitic soils of this southern appellation are well suited to Gamay, and especially to the family-owned Domaine Robert Sérol, now being run by the fifth generation. The domaine's namesake, Robert, was the first in the family to bottle the wines, and he can be still found wandering the property today, though it is his son Stéphane who has been managing their 20 hectares since 2000. The Vieilles Vignes comes from six different parcels and undergoes whole cluster, semi-carbonic fermentation, which results in a wine comparable to some of the best Cru Beaujolais. Floral and mineral, with tangy cherry and plum fruit, spice accents and a forest floor underpinning, this supple red is balanced and lovely. A great ambassador for this emerging region.