2018 Gamay Noir 'La Ficelle'Les Vignerons
30 years ago before the region was even AOC the co-operative of Saint Pourcain ‘borrowed’ the idea from Mouton Rothschild of launching this wine with a new label each year. In keeping with the approachable nature of this wine it’s always a cartoonist invited to paint the label (hand selected by the previous years cartoonist!) La Ficelle means ‘the string’. Story goes that the barkeep would use a knotted string to dip into a patrons flagon to see how much wine they had enjoyed before the bill. You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t put your finger on the map of France and point out Saint Pourçain. It sits south of Loire and west of Macon.
This wine is a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir and a classic ‘Vin de Soif’, to be enjoyed with friends over dinner. Think village Beaujolais with a touch more structure.
Young, fresh wine with lovely ruby red colour. Fruity on the nose, showing blackcurrant and cherry, with spicy, peppery overtones. Refined and balanced.