Côte Roannaise rouge – “Tentation”
100% old-vine Gamay St. Romain, a smaller berried variant of Gamay with a high skin to juice ratio. The vines are planted on granitic soils and the grapes are harvested by hand. Partial carbonic maceration, with destemming of 2/3 of the fruit. The wine is fermented and aged for 6 to 10 months in concrete tanks. Only 25-30mg/L total sulfite at bottling.
Highly drinkable, with bright aromas of violets and berry fruit (blueberries, red and black currants), along with notes of sweet spice. Its medium body and fine tannins allow for a slight chill.
About the Producer
The Côte Roannaise is a little known region situated in headwaters of the Loire, in the southeast corner of the Loire Valley, just 40 miles west of Beaujolais. The appellation allows only Gamay, with whites declassified to IGP d’Urfé.
Vincent Giraudon first learned about wine from his grandfather, Henri, a sommelier at Troisgros. “Thanks to him, I learned to cracher (spit) from an early age.” Henri also exposed Vincent to old Burgundies and trends in winemaking. Inspired, Vincent went on to pursue viticultural studies in Burgundy. He did stages at Yves Cuilleron in Saint-Joseph, a cooperative in Beaujolais, and in Alsace.
One of the youngest winegrowers to settle in the Côte Roannaise, he took over a 0.5 hectare parcel of vines in 2004, located at the northern end of the appellation. Equipped with passion and willpower, Vincent started vinifying a year later with his childhood friend, Romain Paire of Domaine des Pothiers. The two still vinify together. The tiny domaine slowly grew to 5 hectares. It is split between Gamay and Aligoté, grown on complex granitic soils, similar to those in Saint-Joseph. The total production is barely around 20,000 bottles. When he is not tending to his vineyard, Vincent can be found behind the stove at Jacques Coeur, his father’s restaurant in Renaison.
Farming practices: certified organic since 2015. Biodynamic farming since early 2021.