Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge 2023

Designed for early drinking, this Saint-Pourçain red wine is a supple blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir. It displays raspberry and violet aromas followed by light, redcurrant fruit on the palate, making it the ideal wine accompaniment for soft cheeses and charcuterie.

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Tasting Notes

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 a blend of (predominantly) 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.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionLoire, Saint Pourçain
Grape Variety (Cépage)Gamay, Pinot Noir
Food & Wine MatchingCharcuterie, Cheese, Goat's Cheese, Salads
CellarageDesigned to be drunk young, within 2 to 3 years from vintage.
VinificationA 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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