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Côte Roannaise Eclat De Granite

Cte Roannaise Eclat De Granite

Ref: A006216

Bursting with rich, ripe velvety fruit. A deliciously pure, fresh and aromatic red. Bright raspberry flavours on the palate with an underlying complexity makes this an outstanding wine; it is bursting with earthy sweet characters, a good burst of acidity and has an intensely long finish. (2016 12% abv)

From a virtually unknown (in the UK anyway) region in the Southern Loire, this is absolutely superb Old Vine Gamay, with all the elegance and finesse of a top notch cru Beaujolais without the price tag!

With 21 hectares of Gamay, Robert Sérol is one of the largest producers in the small Côte Roannaise appellation with its total of around 220 hectares of vines. Planted on granite soils, this is a considerable increase on 1990 when there were only some 60 hectares in production. Like most of the wine regions of France the current area under vine is only a small vestige of the production just prior to the arrival of phylloxera in the late 19th century. In 1788 there were 4800 ha in the Haute-Loire départment with 7349 ha in 1880-1889 decade marking the high point but never anything like as significant as the neighbouring Puy-de-Dôme départment – 34,293 ha planted in the same decade.

The Côte Roannaise vineyards are mainly planted on the lower foothills of the Monts de la Madeleine that rise up steeply from the Loire Valley. Prior to promotion from VDQS status to AC in 1994, this was called the Côtes Roannaises as there were vines to the east of Roanne. The appellation is now confined to 14 communes to the west of Roanne from La Pacaudière in the north to Bully in the south. However, the main vineyards lie either side of the North-South D8 road centred on the small market town of Renaison. Gamay is the only permitted variety for the appellation. Renaison is only just over 70 kilometres by road from Quincie-en-Beaujolais in the heart of the Beaujolais and probably around 60 km in a direct line.

Unusually for the Upper Loire the Côte Roannaise has no cooperative unlike the Côtes de Forez and Saint-Pourçain where the coops are the dominant force. In the Côtes d'Auvergne the Cave Saint-Verny is a significant player.

The Sérol domaine, which has vines in the communes of Renaison, Saint-Haon and Saint-André, is now run by Stéphane and Carine but it was Robert Sérol, Stéphane's father, who really established the domaine. Although the Sérol family have been involved in viticulture and wine since 1700, it was Robert who in 1970 first bottled their wine. At that time they had two hectares of vines. Doubtless Robert's association with Pierre Troisgros, the famous chef of Roanne's three star Michelin Troisgros restaurant, helped and has made this domaine probably the best known of the appellation. There is a special cuvée – Cuve´e Troisgros – that is selected for the restaurant from the oldest vines as well as a small parcel of old vines (1.89 ha) that is now in conversion to organic viticulture. The oldest vines here are 90 years old. Next to these vines Stéphane has recently planted some Viognier that will give their first crop this year.

With the exception of the Troisgros parcel, the vineyard culture follows la lutte raisonnée (Terra Vitis). They use a mix of grassing over and contact weedkiller but no insecticides and Bordeaux mixture (copper sulphate) to control fungal diseases like mildew. Everything is is hand harvested and in their well-equipped winery there is a mix of cement and stainless steel vats. About 90% of their reds are made using semi-carbonic fermentation. Generally cultured yeasts are used but the Sérols have a new wine called Incorruptible, which is fermented using indigenous yeasts.

 Contains Sulphites

Region France - Ctes Roannaise - Northern Loire

Grape Gamay

Producer Domaine Robert Srol

Vintage 2016

Eco Warrior  0

Colour Red

Dryness Medium

Body Light Medium Bodied

Food Cheese/Beef/Lamb

Drink Drink Now

Price: 14.29

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