Côte Roannaise rouge – “Tentation”

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Côte Roannaise rouge – “Tentation”

Country France
Region Loire
Producer Vincent Giraudon


Style Red
Practices Certified Organic, Organic
Grapes Gamay
Other Features Vegan, Indigenous yeasts, Unfined

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 sight chill.

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About the Producer

One of the youngest winegrowers to settle in the Côte Roannaise, the talented Vincent Giraudon took over a 0.5 hectare property in 2004. Equipped with passion and willpower, he bottled his first vintage a year later. His tiny domaine, located at the northern end of the Côte Roannaise, 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 - his childhood friend Romain Paire of Domaine des Poithiers helps with the winemaking, Vincent can be found behind the stove at Jacques Coeur, his father’s restaurant in Renaison.

The Côte Roannaise is a little known region situated in the easternmost part of the Loire Valley, though it has more in common with its Burgundian neighbour. The appellation allows only Gamay, with whites declassified to IGP d’Urfé.

Farming practices: certified organic since 2015. Biodynamic farming since early 2021.

Vincent Giraudon

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