Loire Valley Tasting with Vinotas Selections: Jean Aubron Grand Fief de l’Audigere, Pascal Pibaleau La Perlette and l’Heritage Azaium

Join us on Thursday, October 18, when Michel from Vinotas Selections stops by between 5:00 and 8:00 to sample red, white, and a very cool sparkling rose from the Loire Valley.
Jean Aubron Grand Fief de l'Audigere
Jean Aubron
Grand Fief de l’Audigere 2010

At our first tasting of Vinotas wines Michel was pouring Jean Aubron’s beautiful 2001 version of this wine. Here’s a chance to taste it in a different form – where the 2001 had developed a nutty, smoky aspect, the 2010 is all minerals and fresh acidity, lean and focused where the ’01 was broader and more opulent. A terrific value from a producer we’ve been very happy to discover this year.

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Pascal Pibaleau La Perlette
Pascal Pibaleau
La Perlette

Pascal and Christine Pibaleau farm about 37 acres of vineyard in central France’s Loire valley region. This lightly sparkling rose (think tiny strands of pearls forming in the glass: “Perlette”) – made from biodynamically raised Grolleau, a relatively obscure (and, in this case, delicious) red grape variety – is a brilliant wine for summer. Fresh and bone-dry, with red fruit flavors and a subtle background earthiness, it is utterly satisfying and utterly unique.

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Pascal Pibaleau l’Heritage Azaium 2010
Pascal Pibaleau
l’Heritage Azaium

Made from Malbec – called “Cot” locally – and Cabernet Franc and fermented in neutral barrels, the Heritage shows a striking combination of dark fruits and tobacco. A fantastic example of how grapes that you might think you “know” can show you something totally different under the guidance of a talented grower using traditional techniques to create small production, honest wines. A great introduction into the world of Loire Valley reds.


To see pictures of the wineries, winemakers, and vineyards visit Vinotas Selections’ Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/Vinotas.

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