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C么te Roannaise

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C么te Roannaise, located in the far south of the Loire region, produces ros茅 and red wines exclusively from Gamay.

Vineyard

Location: Located in the north of the Loire department, C么te Roannaise extends north to south along the Loire River. Along with the C么tes de Forez, it is one of the Loire Valley鈥檚 southernmost vineyards. Communes include: Ambierle, Bully, Changy, Crozet, Lentigny, Pacaudi猫re, Renaison, Saint-Alban les Eaux, Saint-Andr茅 d鈥橝pchon, Saint-Haon le Ch芒tel, Saint-Jean Maurice-sur-Loire, Villemontais, and Villerest.

Surface Area:

  • 215 hectares / 531 acres

Soil: The altitude varies from 200-350 meters (656-1,148 feet). Vines are planted in primarily granite soils. Sand and gravel, the result of erosion, provide good drainage.

Climate: The climate is semi-continental, with annual rainfall of 750mm (30 inches), 450mm (18 inches) of which occurs between March and September, during the vine鈥檚 growing period. The average annual temperature is 11.7 degrees C (53 degrees F). Located on a hill that runs north-south and open to the east on the Loire plain, the vineyards receive good sun exposure.

Wine

Annual Production:
  • 10,00 hl / 264,172 gallons
Yield:
  • 55 hl/ha
Grape Variety:
  • Gamay聽
Growing/Production Practices: Minimum planting density 4,500 vines/hectare. Gobelet or cord pruning with 2 buds, single Guyot pruning with a single long cane with a maximum of 8 buds and short cane with 2 buds are all used.

Tasting Notes

Red
  • Appearance: Intense garnet or ruby red聽
  • Nose: Fruity and aromatic with notes of black currant
  • Flavors: Medium-bodied with ripe red berry flavors and soft tannins
Ros茅
  • Appearance: Pale salmon pink
  • Nose: Fresh aromas of strawberries and red berries
  • Flavors: Light-bodied and refreshing, some wines made in off-dry style

Food Pairings

  • Salmon Fillet with Capers and Black Olives
  • Coq au Vin
  • Classic Pad Thai
 
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