2014 Sylvain Martinez 'Onis' Pineau d'Aunis

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2014 Sylvain Martinez 'Onis' Pineau d'Aunis

47.00

Aromatic marvel!! This is one of the best examples of this unique grape I have ever tasted........

Sylvain Martinez is a wonderful guy who is quietly stamping a reputation as one of the best growers in the Loire Valley.

His mineral wines are truly excellent and really are reference points for their varieties and terroir.

This cuvee is made with Pineau d'Aunis, the highly aromatic and distinctive red grape that is well known in this part of the Loire.
The destemmed fruit is fermented as whole berries and spends around 9 months in barrel before bottling.

It's grown on very, very fine sandy soils and the vines in this vineyard are now more than 100 years old.

If you've never tasted this variety, you really must. Generally, it's about the same weight or a little finer than Pinot Noir from the Loire and the aromatics are intoxicatingly peppery and spicy. The palate length of this wine is quite extraordinary - its quality being as high as almost any wine of this variety I've tasted.

This is essentially perfect for any weather, and many foods, and is glorious when served at about 15 degrees. You're going to enjoy this very much.

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