Domaine Gigou L’Ancêtre, AOP Coteaux du Loir [Organic] - Boutinot
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Domaine Gigou L’Ancêtre, AOP Coteaux du Loir [Organic] 2022

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Domaine Gigou

In 2009 there were only 400ha of Pinot d'Aunis in France - it's a rare grape variety from a tiny appellation providing a nice alternative to very fine Pinot Noir.

Meet the producer

We're on the Loir here, not the Loire, about an hour south of the racing town of Le Mans. Jasnières is a tiny appellation...

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Production

A separate plot about 5km north of the Loir. Grapes from 120 year-old vines are given a very long 12 week maceration in stainless steel. A 3 month ferment is followed by 6 months in amphora followed by minimal fining and filtration.

Tasting notes

Although the vines are 120 years old this is a wine to be enjoyed young and fresh. Very fine and elegant with beautifully supple, chalky tannin. Black cherry fruit in abundance with a liquorice twist.

Food match

This is a fine and delicate red so a spring lamb salad or cold cuts would work. Enough acidity to complement a proper sausage as well.

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