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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 14 February 2014

Central and Upper Loire shine@Un Brin Folk (Angers) on 2nd February

Brin Folk carte des vins with a 
strong showing of natural wines 

Spent an enjoyable evening at Un Brin Folk in Angers at a soirée organised for the press on the eve of the Salon des Vins de Loire. Wines from lesser known appellations in the Central and Upper Loire featured strongly – at least they did at our end of the room. Yet more evidence that there are now some very good things being made in areas of the Loire. Unfortunately well-spread out involving plenty of travelling!

Here are a selection of of the wines we tried: 

2012 Les Beaux Jours, Coteaux de Giennois, Emile Balland 
An excllent white to start the evening!

2012 Terre de Caillotte – Clément et Florian Berthier   

 2012 Terre de Silex: Clément et Florian Berthier    

 100% Pinot Noir – very good Coteaux de Giennois Rouge (Vignobles Jean-Marie Berthier)
Evidence that AC insistence on Gamay/Pinot Noir belnd is dog's breakfast

2012 Châteaumeillant Rosé, Domaine Lecomte
The domaine has 7 ha in Quicy and 3 in Châteaumeillant  

Enjoyed a series of good 2012s from Domaine Robert Sérol 
(Côte Roannaise) – 2013s are potentially excllent too 

 2012 Trésaille
 Jean Teissèdre (Domaine des Bérioles)
New rising star of Saint-Pourçain

 2012 Auvenat

+ fine Pinot Noir from Jean Teissèdre

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