Les Joueurs de Nez 2020Loire, France
- Woman Maker
This blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Cot (the local name for Malbec) is a delicious, French country wine that starts with a touch of dried cherry, rhubarb and plum on the nose. The aromatic interplay was the inspiration for the name, Les Joueurs de Nez, which mean means “the nose players.” Purple jewel tones peek out from the glass, and with every sip, sour cherries and savory spicy notes come to the fore, backed by freshness and minerality. Sustainably farmed and bottled with minimal sulphur, the wine is a fun partner for salmon, poultry and cheesy appetizers.
Domaine Perrault-Jadaud, a partnership between oenologist Anne-Cécile Jadaud and viticulturist Tanguy Perrault, began in 2008, after the couple met while teaching at the lycée viticole at Amboise. Anne-Cécile spent ten years as a consulting enologist in the south of France before returning to the Loire to teach and farm vineyards. Tanguy, a former student of philosophy and a native of Breton, also spent ten years working in viticulture before beginning his work with Anne-Cécile. The couple now work approximately eight hectares of organically-farmed vines spread across 15 small parcels near their home and winery in Chançay, in the northeastern portion of Vouvray. In addition to this, they work about three hectares of organic vineyards in Nazelles-Négron, near Amboise. It is here that Anne-Cécile is able to indulge her love of red wines, as the vineyards are planted to a mixture of Côt, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau, and Pineau d’ Aunis.
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