Coteaux du Vendômois is an appellation located near the banks of the Loir river, a tributary of the Loire itself, and is one of France’s most northerly wine regions at 47 degrees north, producing wines that are light and crisp in style. Pineau d’Aunis is the only grape variety permitted in the production of rosé, with a very distinct flavour profile reminiscent of white pepper. Pineau d’Aunis is a variety that can be traced back to the Loire Valley in the Middle Ages. Today, it remains confined to the region – used in the production of rosés and light reds.
100% Pineau d'Aunis – a rare red grape sometimes called Chenin Noir.
Stainless steel, cool ferment with no oak and a couple of months lees aging, then straight into bottle to capture freshness and fruit intensity.
Drink now and over the next 12 months.
Produced by the local co-operative - a wine steeped in medieval folklore. The name of the wine refers to one of France’s oldest nursery rhymes, describing the 15th Century Dauphin Charles who was left with only a few cities in his possession during the Hundred Years’ War – including nearby Vendôme where the peel of the bells of the Abbaye de la Trinité gave the tune its melody. Under the banner “Lieu-dit Cocagne” – perhaps referring to Cockaigne, the land of plenty in Medieval myth – this wine is made from a unique 4 hectare site identified for the high quality fruit it produced.
Enjoy with all light summer and picnic foods – including grilled asparagus and butter/hollandaise sauce, salmon or sea trout cooked en papillote.