Domaine de La Renne
Touraine AOC, Loire Valley, France
Wine Critic John Wilson describes this wine as 'gouleyant' ('gluggable' in English) and precisely what we want from an inexpensive Pinot Noir from the Loire. It's a bit further north than Burgundy and can deliver tart Pinot, but good winemaking by the Leveque family brings out the best in this delicious but tricky grape. Careful sorting to remove as much green material as possible so fruity and not vegetal flavours dominate.
- Loire Valley
- Pinot Noir
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Domaine De La Renne was established in 1900 by winemaker Guy Lévêque’s grandparents. Guy was originally pursuing a career in other areas but decided to return to the family vineyard in 1981.He steadily increased the estate from 2 hectares to the 66 hectares he cultivates today.
The two wines we have from M. Leveque represent great value, which is the real advantage of Touraine. For the Sauvignon Blanc varietal, the terroir is similar to Sancerre, where Sauvignon Blanc is much more expensive. As a result, Touraine is an appellation which has been enjoying great success in recent years.
His Pinot Noir is a lovely cool climate red, not a million miles away from the Burgundian style, but at a fraction of the price. Again, the combination of a dedicated winemaker and excellent natural conditions cannot be fabricated, and the quality shines through.
"This is a delicious summer red, light and juicy with crunchy red fruits. Gouleyant as the French would say, or very gluggable in English. Great summer drinking and good value too. We drank ours with pan-fried hake, new potatoes and the very last of the season’s asparagus."
"This is a delightful find and a real bargain from the Loire that tastes not a million miles away from a good basic red Burgundy but at almost half the price. There are raspberries, cherries and a hint of spice, a good crisp backbone, modest tannins and a savoury style. It served extremely well as a companion to boeuf Bourgignon."
"Light with juicy dark cherry fruits and a savoury earthy touch on the finish. Good with salmon or tuna, or lighter white meats. I would fancy it with a saucisson, a thick slice of pâté and some crusty sourdough bread. Less expensive Pinot Noir from the Loire can be a bit too herbaceous at times. Taking advantage of the sunny 2015 vintage, this wines avoids any such pitfalls. Remarkable value for money."
Domaine de la Renne
The vines are located on several communes: Couddes - St Romain Sur Cher - Chatillon Sur Cher - Mehers - Noyers Sur Cher. The 80 hectares of the estate are composed of clay-limestone, silica and sandy soil.