The 2012 Complices de Loire Touraine Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir grown on a 3.5 acre sand and clay vineyard in the heart of the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. The lovely bouquet is an exotic mélange of fresh cut violets, spice/saffron, and cherry confit. On the palate, the wine is every bit a Loire, with the classic crisp minerality of the region; yet because it is made from 100% Pinot Noir, the undercurrent of pure red fruit also calls to mind a young red Burgundy, or a cru Beaujolais (made from Gamay). Deep ruby garnet in color, with soft tannins and a fresh, fruity mouth feel, this wine is made to be enjoyed now. Serve lightly chilled.
This nervy rosé really needs a plate of fresh, briny oysters to show at its best. The bouquet is classic Sancerre, with plenty of minerally notes to complement the tart strawberry notes of the Pinot Noir grape. An ideal match with classic Loire cuisine such as such as goat cheese, ceviche, and of course, oysters.
Easy-going and vivaciously fruity, this 100% Pinot Noir reminded me of a hypothetical cross between a Cru Beaujolais and a Sancerre blanc. The bright red Pinot Noir fruit is abundant, supple, and pure, with surprising grip and intensity for Sancerre rouge. It offers abundant grapy freshness, with distinct notes of the flinty Sancerre terroir rising toward the finish.