So dry January is over and its time to restock the cellar. We thought that we would look at a great little vineyard with a fantastic provenance, what does this mean? Coteaux du Giennois (pro: co-d-jenwar). This is a little known appellation North-east of Sancerre and around the town of Gien, with the proximity to Sancerre there is no surprise that the wines are similar in style but at around two thirds of the cost. This offers some great wines at fantastic prices.
The Wines of the appellation are a crisp white, a dry rose and a fruity red.
White wine – 100% Sauvignon Blanc and offers a fruity dry white wine, a pale straw yellow in appearance. The nose has some minerality with floral and quince notes. this leads to bright citrus flavours with a crisp finish, great with goats cheese or chicken in a lemon sauce or just on its own! more info – https://www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/coteaux-du-giennois-blanc-2014/
Rose Wine – A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, a dry rose with plenty of fruit flavours, pale salmon in appearance. Fresh notes of peach and nectarine on the nose leading onto tart fruity flavours. A very refreshing wine. Great with seafood and shellfish with creamy sauces, perfect on a balmy summer evening on its own with good friends. More info – https://www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/coteaux-du-giennois-rose-2012/
Red Wine – A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. A medium bodied wine with a fantastic ruby red appearance. On the nose there are red and black berries and a gentle pepperiness. This leads onto subtle flavours of black fruits and a generous finish. We like this wine a lot. Great with roast pork, barbecued duck, try it a little chilled in the summer! More info – https://www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/coteaux-du-giennois-rouge-2010/
A bit more information
The wine maker – Domaine Philippe Raimbault
Philippe Raimbault is a 9th generation winemaker. His family have been making outstanding wines since 1701. He has been learning his craft since the age of 10, working closely with his grandfather and father for many years until he decided he wanted to make wines completely by himself after his father retired. They produce wines in three appellation only from their own grapes. The càve and Sancerre vines are in our village of Sury en Vaux, about 6km from Sancerre. Pouilly Fumé vines are just the other side of the Loire River. The third appelation is Coteaux du Giennois, which is about 15km from the Pouilly Fumé vines. He has 16 hectares in total. Philippe is an award winning, hands-on, driven and passionate winegrower, striving to make the best wines possible.
Coteaux du Giennois has a total vine area of around 475 acres, about half of this is planted for white wine, 40% for red wine and the remaining 10% for Rose wine. This gives a total of around 450,000 of wine or 335,000 bottles if you prefer!
Soil: The vines are planted on silica or limestone soil There are also old Loire terraces at Gien and extensions of mainly Sancerre limestone geological formations to the east of the Cosne fault, and silica to the west, with tertiary flint deposits.
Climate: A temperate climate with a continental influence, this appellation is often at risk for spring frosts. The average yearly temperature is comparable to that of Sancerre. Average annual rainfall is 850 mm (33.5 inches), the highest in the Centre-Loire.