Le Rouge Gorge Coteaux du Loir
100% Pineau d'Aunis. Rouge Gorge or "red throat" is named in honor of a small finch that appears in the vineyards in the springtime. The Pineau vines are aged 25 to 45 years old and are scattered amongst a few parcels in the Coteaux du Loir appellation; they yield relatively little at an average of 25 hl/ha. The soils are generally a flinty clay rich in tuffeau (soft limestone), with a higher concentration of clay for the red versus the Bellivière Chenin Blanc wines. The vines are farmed biodynamically and harvested manually. The grapes are destemmed, crushed and fermented to dryness over about a month with native yeasts only; the wine is aged in used barrel for approximately 18 months before bottling.
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