Coteau de Saint Sulpice
Reasoning behind this wine: these grapes come from the St Sulpice hill which is a largelump of granite close to the Loire. The bedrock is just below the surface. One of our Dutch importers described it as a “petit Hermitage”. The idea behind this wine is to show an expression of this particularly stony terroir.
Tasting notes: The style is broadly similar to the Sine Nomine wine in that it is in the quaffing style. However, there is a mineral, more "crunchy" aspect on the palate due to the particularly stony nature of the soil.
How the wine is made: without adding sugar (no chaptalisation) in keeping with the light, quaffing style of this wine as is the case with all our wines. Contrary to almost all Gamay wine makers, we see the naturally lower alcohol content of a Gamay wine as an advantage and see no point in artificially increasing it by adding sugar during the fermentation process.The skin contact time is quite short, around 8 days, in order to avoid extracting too many tannins which would alter the light, quaffing style. The fermentation temperature is kept under 28°C in order to maintain fruit. Bottling is in the spring when the wine warms up. In accordance with our policy of naturally made wine we use no additives which are otherwise commonly used such as Arabic gum, metatartrique acid, ascorbic acid etc. We only use a
minimum of sulfites.
Appellation: Côte Roannaise AOC.
Name : Coteau de St Sulpice.
Grape : Gamay Noir
Soil : Granite.
Origin of the grapes: Stony hill of St Sulpice.
Yield : 50hl/ha.
Vintage : 2010.
Alcohol : 11.5 %, un-chaptalised.
Bottle : Bordeaux type in cases of 6x75cl. We use Nomacorc Classic.