Côteaux du Vendômois Rouge – Pierre François

colin – red

Côteaux du Vendômois Rouge – Pierre François

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Country France
Region Loire
Producer Patrice Colin
Size

750mL

Style Red
Practices Certified Organic, Organic
Grapes Cabernet Franc, Pineau d'Aunis, Pinot Noir
Other Features Vegan, Indigenous yeasts, Natural

The AOP of Côteaux du Vendômois was officially formed in 2001, but the history of wine production goes back as far as the 11th century. There is a large cooperative producing 60% of total AOP production and only 13 private producers in the appellation.
This cuvée is a blend of 60% Pineau d’Aunis, 30% Pinot Noir and 10% Cabernet Franc, from vines that average 25 year old. The grapes are harvested at the beginning of October. Fermented and aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks. Aromas of red fruits and spices. Silky on the palate, with good structure and balance. 12.3% alcohol. 833 cases produced.

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About the Producer

Emilien Colin started selling wine in 1900, but the family history goes back to 1735. From 6 hectares of vines, the domaine, located in the commune of Thoré-la-Rochette, grew to the current 30 hectares: 11 ha of Pineau d’Aunis, 11 ha of Chenin Blanc, 2.5 ha of Pinot Noir, 2 ha of Cabernet Franc, 2 ha of Gamay and 1.5 ha of Chardonnay. Today, 8th generation Patrice Colin runs the estate with his wife Valérie, who oversees accounting. Patrice takes care of all operations from vineyard work to vinification and bottling, helped by one full time employee and some seasonal ones. His son-in-law Florian is in charge of sales and shipping. Total production is 150,000 bottles, of which 50,000 are sparkling.

The AOP Coteaux du Vendômois (350 hectares total) was officially formed in 2001, but the history of wine production goes back as far as the 11th century. After phylloxera hit, the predominant grape varieties changed from; surin (cabernet sauvignon), auvernat noir (pinot noir), miller (pinot meunier), côt (malbec) and sémillon to: pineau d'aunis, pinot noir, gamay, cabernet franc and chenin blanc, chardonnay. There is a large cooperative producing 60% of total AOP production and only 13 private producers in the appellation.

Farming/vinification practices: certified organic. Patrice encourages biodiversity: there are 150 different plants in the vineyard. The soil is tilled for oxygenation and green harvest is practiced. The wines are vegan.
Patrice adds the following for sulfites:
Reds - none added at harvest, 2 grams/hectoliter in December after the malo, 1 gram/hectoliter in the spring, 1-2 grams/hectoliter at bottling: 4 to 5 grams/hectoliter total.
Whites : 1 gram at harvest, 2 grams at the end of fermentation, 1.5 - 2 grams at bottling: 4.5 to 5 grams/hectoliter total.

Patrice Colin