Domaine Serol - Eclat de Granite, Côte Roannaise AOP, France (2021)
Deliciously light and fruity gamay with a flavour of cherry pips, ripe but with a touch of bitterness.
|REGION||France > Côte Roannaise|
|FEATURES||Low Intervention, Biodynamic, Natural, Vegan-Friendly|
Coming from the far westernmost part of the Loire Valley (aka Loire Volcanique), the Côte Roannaise is actually much closer to Beaujolais than most Loire appellations. Gamay reigns supreme here, specifically Gamay Saint Roman - a local strain native to the area. It tends to produce tight bunches of smaller berries with thicker skins, offering a unique expression of Gamay which offers concentrated fruit and surprising structure. The Domaine's multiple bottlings showcase the granite soils that run through the region, capturing nuanced expressions of place which highlight their many old vineyards, up to 80 years in age.
Dating back to the 18th century, Stéphane Serol represents the 5th generation to work this land. He and his wife Carine have done much to elevate the recognition of their appellation. They now farm 30+ hectares of vines and are certified organic and biodynamic. Winemaking typically features some whole clusters and relies exclusively on the indigenous yeast for fermentation. Aging takes place in a variety of vessels to best express the unique qualities of their different parcels and cuvees and may include a combination of cement tanks, wooden tanks, and amphora.