Domaine de Montrieux
Coteaux de Vendômois, Loire, France
A big glass of fun.
Domaine de Montrieux was created in 1999 by Emile Heredia. The parcels of vines were chosen for their quality: the old age of the vines, the quality of the soils and the expositions. Soils are flint with clay on top of limestone.
A wine which began its fermentation in stainless steel cuve and finished it in bottle, giving a lightly (sometimes boisterous) pétillant character. Made naturally (without the addition of sulfur dioxide), with the fermentation finished in bottle. Sealed with a crown cap, this is a sparkling cherry red-coloured wine that’s just a little off dry. It’s deliciously more-ish, with flavours of ripe cherries backed up by some subtle spicy, earthy notes, giving it a savoury feel despite the sweetness. It gains complexity with time in the glass - while this is a fun wine, it also repays contemplation.