A heavenly perfumed drop, glowing purple in the glass. The nose is heady with cherry blossom, tiny wild strawberries, a pinch of black pepper, soft leather, sage and angelica, muddled with all that gorgeous fruit on the nose. There's similar lovely fine flavours on the palate, with a fine limestone-accented backbone and acidity. One definitely gets a sense of the limestone soils the vines are rooted. The palate is plush, yet light and sprightly with just the right amount of sappy notes. Very low added SO2, but it keeps really well open over several days, and one gets more peppery notes emerging.
Close friends Nicolas and Philippe purchased 12 hectares of vines in a relatively unknown, but excellent terroir called Azay-le-Rideau, just a few kilometers east of Chinon back in 2013. Since then, they’ve been farming organically, and on a mission to draw attention to the quality of wines from this region, particularly reds made from the grape Grolleau. Traditionally, this grape has been seen as something of a workhorse in the region and overlooked for high quality red wine production, being mostly made into rose. Yet the flinty terroir of Azay-le-Rideau couldn’t be any better for expressing it in its best form, and this is the best we've tried yet.