An interesting Pinot Noir and Gamay blend from Fiefs Vendeens in the Loire
I grabbed the bottle of 2014 Domaine St. Nicolas, Reflets Rouge, Fiefs Vendeens not because I had never heard of the Fiefs Vendeens appellation in the Loire but because it is a Pinot Noir and Gamay blend. Apparently, Fiefs Vendeens is the only maritime climate where both Pinot Noir and Gamay are grown in France. The wine itself is relatively rich with good mouthfeel and leaves you with a sense that you are drinking straight from the foudre. If you are at all curious then do try this interesting selection. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Domaine St. Nicolas, Reflets Rouge, Fiefs Vendeens – $20
A Jon-David Headrick selection imported by European Cellars. This wine is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Gamay, and 10% Cabernet Franc sourced from 15-25 year old vines. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats then aged for 7 months in French foudre. Alcohol 13%. The wine is surprisingly weighty with moderately thick body and a sense that it is not filtered. The flavors are of purple and black fruit which are delivered with a youthful and fresh nature. It becomes a little citric by the finish. Overall, this is a drinkable wine with good mouthfeel. ** Now – 2017.