New vintage of an old favorite, and one of the wines that first drew us to the Mary Taylor selection of wines. The project aims to source fruit from small quality growers and make value oriented wines that represent the identity of the appellation or region. Each wine comes from a single source of grapes, and the name of the producer shares recognition on the labels (Sophie Siadou here) as a partnership. Along with wines from the more famous regions, they do an excellent job of shining the spotlight on regions like Valencay that consumers rarely see on their shelves. South of the Loire along the banks of the Cher River and off the beaten track of the famous tourist cities, they are probably more known for their ashen goat cheese than the wines. There aren't any blockbuster high level producers here, so everything is made to be at an everyday level of consumption and pricing, which is just how we like them. The blend of grapes here is also a bit unexpected, combining the softer stylings of Gamay and Pinot Noir with the relative heartiness and tannic nature of Malbec (here called Cot), but here they meld quite nicely. Savory, almost peppery herbal nose over dry black cherry and red fruits that build a little juiciness as it opens up. Unique combination of polished first notes on the palate with fine tannins coming in quickly afterwards, the Gamay and Pinot give the body and fruit, while the Malbec hits on the finish. Last time we referred to this as a 'backdoor Burgundy', a wine for those that like the earthier and more structured side of Pinot Noir. That style remains, and for those that enjoy it will remain an excellent value.
The Best of the Best.
We offering free tastings on these wines in the store every Thursday and Friday, and a 10% discount off the retail price through the duration of the day. Come on by and give them a try!