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(2017) Red wines that can be lightly chilled are a summer pleasure. Thoughts turn to Gamay and Cabernet Franc, but this is another Loire variety called Grolleau, often made as rosé and here as a crunchily fresh red. Small, firm berries, herbs and a crack of pepper on the nose, then a palate that is not short of that dry, cranberry and raspberry fruit, but has such a clear line of acidity, gentle tannins and that fine herby, sappy character that it is an easy-drinking delight. £11.70 for Daily Drinker Club members. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2016) What a charming Pinot - more than charming - from this conscientious winemaker in the Vendée, made in cement 'eggs' and spending six months in Tronçais oak. It has that lovely edge of brisk, cherry and raspberry fruit and a certain sappiness, briar and twigs and all the hallmarks of genuinely cool climate, natural Pinot Noir, the palate flooded with sweet red berry fruit but against that juicy and firm core of acidity and tight tannin, and again that tangy, edgy balance that Burgundy lovers will take to instantly. A terrifically refined and poised wine.
(2016) From 90-year-old vines grown in the foothills of the Massif Central in the Loire Valley, this is Gamay St. Romain, the local variant of the Beaujolais grape, made in cement tanks and unoaked. The colour is surprisingly deep, though not dense, then really charming vinous aromas of cherry and kirsch, black fruits and the most elegant spice as well as some floral nuances. A lovely sappy edge of almost stony minerality on the palate, delicate still, but there is a framework of tannin and pert acidity underpinning that. A seriously lovely Gamay from a less familiar source.
(2014) 12.5% abv, 100% Pinot Noir aged for 13 months in Tronçais oak barrels. Immediately cool, scented and vegetal, this Pinot Noir from the Loire majors on beetroot and sappy aromatics, a touch of cherry, before a palate that is lively and mineral. Dry and medium-bodied, there's a touch of smokiness and toast against the firm tannin and acid, and whilst I might look for a little more generosity, the purity of the red berries asserts in a juicy and understated Pinot.
(2013) Inky purple in colour and immediately seducing with its deep well of fruit, this is 100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley and the biodynamic certified Domaine de la Chevalerie. The little lift of aromatic herbs and caraway seed is lovely over the creamy and ripe red and black berries. On the palate the silky texture and sweet ripeness of the fruit is delicious, licked with liquorice, a tart nip of plum skin acidity, and the typical Cab Franc sense of leanness into the finish, the roughening grip of tannins adding lots of savoury appeal to the creamy fruit openness.
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