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  • France 2021 Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir "Cuvée du Rosier"

2021 Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir "Cuvée du Rosier"

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Pineau d'aunis, the once nearly extinct grape variety indigenous to the Loire Valley, is presently enjoying a minor resurgence. Just 50 years ago, plantings dwindled to only 16 hectares, due in large part due to the variety's susceptibility to rot, irregular yields, and soil sensitivity. Thanks to Pascal Janvier and a small band of quality-minded growers, total acreage now exceeds 400 hectares, which still pales in comparison to cabernet franc at 16,000 hectares. As grow plantings of pineau, so grows the recognition of the Val du Loir, an area surrounding the confusingingly-named, tributary of the Loire that reaches eastward, north of Tours. Roughly three quarters of all pineau d'aunis grows here, with the best coming from the appellation Jasnières, where Pascal Janvier has made his reputation with a range of gorgeous chenin blancs. His lone red offering, "Cuveé du Rosier" looks like a light pinot noir in the glass, but the first sip will instantly give pineau's signature freshly cracked pepper. Complimented by juicy, strawberry and cherry fruit and subtle herbs, this is a chillable red we can't get enough of. Whether it's homemade or takeout, this is the red wine to pair with spicy food.