2013 Pascal Janvier "Cuvée du Rosier" Coteaux du Loir Rouge

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Vigneron by way of butcher, Pascal Janvier is one of those souls destined to make wine, despite himself. Fortunately, he wised up at age thirty and yielded to his inevitable fate. Today, Pascal and his wife Dominique farm a total of nine hectares in the department of the Sarthe in the Val du Loir, a tiny, stony hillside along the Loir River (a tributary of the Loire River), north of Vouvray that is also the most northerly--and coldest--of the regions of the Loire. The "Cuvée du Rosier" is 100% Pineau d'Aunis from 25-year-old vines planted to 1.6 ha of sandy clay soils in order to promote the development of richness and depth in the fruit. This indigenous red variety yields naturally light-bodied, fragrant reds, with youthful red berry aromas and flavors accented by mineral and herbal notes. Its low to moderate alcohol content, bright acidity, and distinctive herbal qualities make it best enjoyed with food--assorted meats, truffle-infused dishes, and aged goat's cheese in particular. Janvier's 2013 "Cuvée du Rosier" is textbook Pinot d'Aunis, fresh and spicy, with ample fruit on the midpalate to balance its natural acidity and mineral structure. Try this in place of Pinot Noir for an exciting change in routine.

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By: Olivia Ragni |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/3/2014  | Send Email
An absolutely spectacular expression of Pineau d'Aunis. Extremely terroir-driven; you can taste the forest in this wine. An elegant nose of eucalyptus, tea leaf and cranberry. The palate is well balanced and delicate, yet powerful with flavors of forest floor, cedar, black liquorice, and crunchy, brambly fruits.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2014  | Send Email
Janvier is one of my favorite Loire Valley producers--see note on vintages of his Cuvee Silex, usually one of my top wines each year. But I was taken aback by this rouge, made entirely from Pineau d'Aunis. Even paler in color than the Reynouard version I also tried today, it was also even more fragrant. Notes of cola, raspberry, raspberry leaves and cedar carry over to the palate, which is taut and bright, with a firm grip on the finish. A red wine with the acidity of a white. Try it with a bit of a chill on it.

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Varietal:

Pineau d'Aunis

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Loire

- 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 (%): 11.5