Tuesday, 7 February 2012
My most interesting wine of Loire Salon 2012: Climat No 2
Climat No2, Vin de France, Lionel Gosseaume
Lionel Gosseaume (Stand H137) has finally bottled his Meslier Saint-François, an old grape from Touraine which has virtually disappeared. It can be very productive and once used to be exported to Germany to make sparkling wine because of its high acidity. Lionel has blended his Meslier Saint-François, whose yield he limited to 45 hl/ha, with an equal amount of Sauvignon Blanc. It was aged for two years in an old foudre. Climat No2 has rich, very ripe opulent fruit but well balanced with marked acidity and is fascinatingly different. Very limited production – only 2000 bottles.
Cathy Henton (The Tasting Room) helping out on Lionel's stand