2007 L’Arpent Rouge, AC Touraine, Clos Roche Blanche
Anyway the 2007, which I opened last night as delicious as indeed the other vintages have been. Typically light coloured with the characteristic, spicy peppery nose of Pineau d’Aunis, this is just a delicious and refreshing drink with a reasonable 12.5% alcohol. It’s one of those bottles that surprise you by how quickly it becomes empty!
Long out of fashion, Pineau d’Aunis has of late been making a comeback and not just in the valley of Le Loir, which has tended to be its recent heartland. It is also called Chenin Noir and is one of the oldest grapes of the Loire Valley. Catherine and Didier used to make the L’Arpent from Chenin Blanc, which was decidedly minerally and quite austere. Hence it made sense to call the Pineau d’Aunis – L’Argent Rouge. Unfortunately their Chenin has now been pulled out.
Though made from an old variety, this is a thoroughly modern wine that works with food but also by itself.