Loire Lesson #5 Red all over

Loire Lesson #5
Red all over

Jean-Max Roger Sancerre 2005, Cuvée La Grange Dîmière, 12.5%, €21.35 Karwig Wines.

This red has red fruits, traces of vanilla, on the nose. On the palate it is light with typical Pinot Noir raspberry flavours, also hints of wild strawberry, with a good long dry finish.

Roger is one of the top Loire growers and 2005 was a very good year there. If you get your hands on one of these, why not try it with a salad featuring one the Ummera smoked products (duck, chicken, salmon). Very Highly Recommended.

Le Pensée de Pallus, Chinon 2010, 12.5%, €25.50, Ballymaloe Wines (at Brown Thomas)
I’ll be in Chinon next month, hoping to get better acquainted with the local reds, especially after sampling this one from the new Ballymaloe pop-up wine store at Brown Thomas in Patrick Street. This is a top cuvée from a top producer and worth getting to know.

“Made in the modern style”, this is light and elegant. This Cabernet Franc is fresh, savoury and juicy on the palate, well balanced though with good length. Highly recommended.