Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge 2019
A wine designed for early drinking, this supple Gamay and Pinot Noir blend displays raspberry and violet aromas followed by light, redcurrant fruit on the palate, making it the ideal accompaniment for soft cheeses and charcuterie.
Thirty years ago the pioneering Cave Co-opérative at Saint-Pourçain had the fun idea (perhaps inspired by Mouton-Rothschild) of asking a different comic artist to illustrate their red wine bottle every vintage. The common theme throughout the series has been the 'La Ficelle' reference, which denotes the section of knotted string that was dipped into your bottle by a waiter to determine how much you should be charged for that evening's consumption!
Made from equal parts of Gamay and Pinot Noir, it is a self-proclaimed 'Vin de Soif' that is delicious when lightly-chilled and is a terrific Summer red for picnics, barbecues and impromptu garden gatherings.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Saint Pourçain|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Gamay, Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Cheese|
|Cellarage||Best drunk when young.|
|Vinification||A direct pressing of machine harvested grapes, from 25 year old vines grown on gravel, are vinified in modern, thermo-regulated stainless steel vats prior to an early Spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Union des Vignerons
The Union des Vignerons Cave Co-opérative of Saint Pourçain is a benchmark example of a pioneering modern operation producing well-made inexpensive and reliable wines. Saint Pourçain is the most far-flung of all the Loire satellites - being just as geographically close to Burgundy and the Rhône. It is affiliated to the Loire as it lies on the Sioule tributary and very near the larger Allier tributary and has long been classified as a Loire wine.
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