"The 2020 Rouge-Gorge from the Nicolas family is a lovely bottle of Pinot d’Aunis. The wine is nicely ripe and expressive in this vintage, coming in at a full fourteen percent octane and offering up a deep and complex nose of red and black cherries, pepper, lovely botanical shadings, chalky soil, menthol, a touch of cedar (from the older casks the wine is aged in) and a topnote of campfire. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with fine stuffing in the mid-palate, ripe, chewy tannins and a long, well-balanced and nicely structured finish. This needs several years in the cellar to soften up its tannins, but once it is ready to drink, it is going to be an exceptional example of Pinot d’Aunis! 2030-2055."
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