Guinguette Domaine de la Roche Bleue 2018

20.78

Character

Cornille’s least cerebral cuvée, but not simply vin de soif. Crunchy forest berries, black tea and a good dusting of white pepper on the nose. On the palate the 2018 is juicier than previous vintages, but retains a refreshingly green and mineral side that’s augmented by the slight spritz of trapped CO2. A very invigorating and decidedly ‘northern’ red wine.

Vinification

70% Pineau d’Aunis, 20% Gamay and 10% Cabernet Franc from 30+ year old, biodynamically farmed vines in the Coteaux du Loire. Clay over limestone, yields 25 hl/ha. Manual harvest according to lunar calendar. 20-day semi-carbonic maceration in tank, parts destemmed and whole-cluster depending on the vintage. After pressing the Pineau d’aunts and Cab Franc are aged in old barrels and the Gamay in tank. Bottled without fining, partial filtration and a touch of added sulphites.

Serving

Served slightly chilled ‘La Guingette’ is delicious as an aperitif with rillettes and other simply charcuterie, or mild cow’s cheeses. Packs enough punch to accompany minimally spiced roast pork or lamb dishes.

Specifics

Country: France

Region: Loire

Appellation: Coteaux du Loire

Winemaker: Sebastien Cornille

Grape: Pineau d’ Aunis, Cabernet Franc, Gamay

Serving temperature: 14-16°C

Vintage: 2018

Drinking window: Now – 2 years

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