((Lumiere Des sens :
Pineau d’Aunis is a native grape of the area around the city of Tours in the Loire Valley. While it is little known outside this area, it is a grape variety that can be used to create exciting red wines of great complexity and interest.
This lovely Pineau d’Aunis comes from vines that flourish in soils of red clay, quartz and limestone in the Jasnieres appellation even though Robinot has not applied for appellation status.
We just love Pineau d’Aunis! It has spice notes (think white pepper, cloves, star anise) and some herbal characters at the end making quite a complex yet light and drinkable at the same time. It is rapidly becoming one of our favourite grapes especially when you find profound examples such as this and the highly drinkable and pure examples of Pascal Simonutti that we also import.
There is no sulphur added at any time during the winemaking process and the vines are certified organic by Ecocert. It is not aged for as long as the Camille, so is perfect for immediate drinking. It is a light and joyful wine that still has structure and complexity from the purity of the fruit and the barrel ageing it receives. ))
If you read the description of the Lumière des Sens above then you will know that we are very keen on wines made from the Pineau d’Aunis grape variety due to the finesse of the grape, the lovely tannins that give the wine structure and the slight herbal bitterness at the end of the palate that is characteristic of wines made from this grape variety.
The only difference between the Lumière des Sens and the Le Regard is that the Regard was matured in a fibreglass tank rather than wooden barrels. As with the Lumière des Sens there are no added sulphites in this wine which (as you can see from the label) has only 10% alcohol.
Regard was fermented with whole bunches and then aged in fibreglass tanks for about nine months before being bottled and rested for some time before release.