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In Grainger’s wine blog today is our weekly wine review. Guide no 26 of my review of all the wines on our wine list at www.gfwine.co.uk Our list covers most of the wine regions of France and so you should have no trouble in finding a wine to suit your palate. Todays review on Grainger’s wine blog is a wine from the region of the Loire in France. Our wine review of the week is a wine from Chateau de Brossay. The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Anjou appellation area so it is only allowed an IGP classification. Its a cracking wine from 2012.
Chateau de Brossay produces wines within a number of appellations covering the domaine. The principal wines are made in the Anjou AOC: Anjou Rouge from the single varietal Cabernet Franc grape and Anjou Blanc from the single varietal Chenin Blanc. Hubert also makes an Anjou Villages Rouge wine also from the Cabernet Franc grape but which, due to the longer fermentation process and aging in oak is fuller bodied than Anjou.
Other grape varieties grown on the domaine are Grolleau and Gamay used in the production of the dry Rosé de Loire and Chardonnay used for the sparkling Cremant de Loire. Hubert’s range of wines includes a non AOC Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc.
The estate is family owned and run by two brothers Hubert and Raymond Deffois. Hubert is responsible for the day to day running of the vineyards and the wine production. The Domaine is praised particularly for a range of sweet wines and a red sparkling wine.
Hubert’s real passion and expertise is in the production of sweet Coteaux du Layon wines.
The area along the Layon valley is very much the home of sweet wine in the Loire region and Hubert maximises this passion for the art of producing these wines. His repertoire includes the straight forward light sweets, the more intense wines made from the old vines (vieilles vignes) up to 65 years old, and the intense liquorice sweets where the grapes are picked fully developed from the noble rot. His gold medal awards from the Concours des Oenologues in 2008 and the Concours Interloire 2007 speak for his success.
The vineyard’s innovative and sparkling red wine, ‘le Cerisier’ mousseux rouge (non AOC) is a rare gem, delicious as an aperitif and with chocolate desserts and strawberries. It’s a true surprise and a rare treat for guests at any dinner party.
The production of red sparkling wine is relatively new in France and Hubert has been in the forefront of developing this style of wine. In France red sparkling remains outside the AOC system and this allows Hubert the freedom to extend the boundaries of style and flavour without the constraints of the AOC system. He uses Cabernet Franc, Grolleau rouge, and Gamay grape varieties to tease out the full mouth quenching fruits.
AOC Rose de Loire Rosé 2012
A dry, tender and soft still rosé wine made with 60% Grolleau, 30% Gamay and 10% Cabernet Franc grapes. A mouthful of soft fruits with the nuances of a well-crafted wine. Serve at 7-9°C as an aperitif during the hot summer months, or with salads and a barbeque. A fun drink to be enjoyed in good company. 12% 75cl
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