Athletes du Vin - Touraine Pineau D'Aunis 2016
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It isn't often that a wine that costs under $200 will yield you something from 50 to 120-year-old vines. It's also pretty rare in Hong Kong that you'll be able to find a bottle of Pineau D'Aunis, a seemingly light-bodied grape indigenous to the Loire.
Pineau D'Aunis is a curious grape. It's pale in colour and sits lightly on the palate, but especially with such old vines as these, carries a huge mouthful of rich red fruit and white pepper. White pepper is one of the defining characteristics of this grape, and this version by Gérard Vallée has it beautifully along the finish.
It feels in some ways like a Gamay blended with a Syrah; it's vibrant, fruity, and light—but also concentrated, spicy, and rich. At this price, it could be your new favourite wine for a post-work tipple.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Pineau D'Aunis
Terroir: Sand and clay soils, 50 to 120-year-old vines
Winemaking: Maceration for 2 weeks, aging in stainless steel tanks. Ageing in concrete tanks on fine lees during 6 months; 45hl/ha
Certification: Certified organic
Drinking Window: 2018-2021
Les Athletes du Vin is a négociant project focused on producing great value typical wines from the Loire Valley. The idea was conceived by a group of French winemakers called Vini Be Good who work together to distribute their wines in France. The wines are vinified by various members of the Vini Be Good network using their own grapes or grapes purchased from friends and neighbors in the Loire.
Cork Culture works with Matthieu Vallée of Château Yvonne, and all three of the cuvées we source from Les Athletes du Vin are made by Matthieu’s brother Gérard Vallée of Domaine de la Cotelleraie in Bourgeuil.
The labels for Les Athletes du Vin are drawings by French artist, illustrator, and cartoonist Michel Tolmer who has been the unofficial lead artist of the French natural wine movement since the 1990s.