Château Pierre-Bise Sur Schistes Anjou Villages 2009

The region of Anjou-Saumur is in the middle of the Loire Valley, has a variety of soils, and a climate more influenced by the Atlantic than Touraine to its east, but less so than the Nantais to its west.  When I think of Anjou, I tend to think of off-dry rosé, but the Anjou Villages appellation is said to be a more serious one, and that is in evidence here.  Grown on schist soils, this wine is made principally from cabernet franc, with some cabernet sauvignon too.  The deep intensity ruby colour in the glass immediately speaks of the outstanding 2009 vintage.  The aromatics remind of stalks, tobacco, cedar and blackcurrant.  The palate is dry with high acid, unresolved tannins with a chalky texture, short to medium length, and flavours suggestive of tobacco and redcurrant.  This is a good wine due to its complexity of expression and drinkability, and has a distinctly Anjou-Saumur regional style.  I could drink this all day.  Good

Abv: 13%
Price: $30
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Website: n/a
Region: Anjou Villages

Source: Google Maps
Drink with: lunch
Tasted: 2013
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Anjou Villages
December 28, 2013

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