Vinous Reverie Notes
Coteaux du Giennois appellation is the tiniest of the Central Loire, like a pearl, with terrific potential to make great wine from its amazing terroir of Silex for the most part, limestone and clay (terre blanche). All red grapes are hand-harvested, with a combination of hand-harvesting and machine harvesting for the rest of the production. All vines are south or southeast facing. Farming practices are very clean; no herbicides, no pesticides, no anti-botrytis and in some areas we are practicing organic. For the red wines, which are all hand-harvested and generously sorted, they start with a cold soak for 5-10 days. Only native yeasts are used, only pump over during fermentation and racking after alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic starts mainly in spring, racking after that and the wine is ready. Low sulfur wine and must keep the wine under natural CO2 to protect it just before bottling. Between Gien and Cosne-sur-Loire, Berthier's Giennois vines are planted on the soils of Pougny and Saint Père, small villages located in the heart of the Centre-Loire along the Loire river that provide complexity to this red wine.