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Sunday, 8 November 2009

Recently tasted: Serge Dagueneau et Filles 2008 Pinot Noir

Serge Dagueneau et Filles are best known for their Pouilly-Fumé from Les Berthiers, Saint-Andelain. However they also have 1.5 ha of vines in the Coteaux Charitois at Saint-Lay. Some 30 years ago Serge planted a number of different varieties there including Pinot Noir – he wanted some red wine. They also have some Pinot Beurot, a synonym for Pinot Gris, planted there.

The 2008 has attractive red fruits and is delicious and easy to drink now – another example of the lighter, but not weedy, Loire Pinot Noir that drinks very well when it is young. Not sure that there is much point is keeping it – better to enjoy the fruit while it is young. A good match with fish. Serve slightly chilled during the summer.

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