Grape(s): Pineau d'Aunis
Localization: Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: The taste of sunshine and the color of sunlight through a window after a rain. This rosé, from the clay & limestone soil of Touraine in the Middle Loire Valley, is organic & a bit astringent & slightly tannic. Despite those characteristics, it's fruity: cranberry with raspberry notes & white pepper in the finish. Initially, bubblegum aromas were a bit off putting. Fortunately, they soon gave away to cranberries with dried herbal notes.
Notes: Vineyards: the grapes are sourced from sustainable or organic vineyards in the central Loire Valley
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation, aging in concrete, stainless steel or neutral oak. Filtered, not fined.
Food Pairing: Red berries and pleasant acidity makes this wine a perfect pal for all kinds of food and occasions.
The Domain: Gaspard is the brainchild of natural wine pioneering importer and advocate Jenny Lefcourt of Jenny & Francois. The grapes come from the Loire Valley, where they have entrusted a young talented winemaker with the task of making wines that are true and transparent representations of their terroir. The labels are created by a talented Swedish artist based in Paris, Madlen Herrstrom, who also contributed to coming up with the name “Gaspard”. The wines are delicious and reasonably priced; a true testament to Jenny’s devotion to organic farming and natural winemaking.
The wines are truly representative and are a treat for lovers of Loire Valley wines. But like the best natural wines there is a nervy, vibrant energy that makes them a joy to drink.