Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Rouge "Cuvée du Rosier"
Varietal: Pineau d'Aunis
Region: Loire, France
Retailer: Silverlake Wine
This morning I woke to pouring rain, and breathed a sigh of relief.
The relief was short-lived. When I got out of my car at the gas station, my sunglasses fogged from the wretchedly high humidity and I knew all hope was lost. I immediately regretted blow drying my hair. Not that my hair is curly or anything, but because it now looks like I've been at the gym all day. I feel like I've been at the gym all day. Ugh. Humidity is the worst.
But nothing to pull you out of humidity grouch mode like a favorite bottle of wine, like Pascal Janvier's Coteaux du Loir Rouge.
Pineau d'Aunis is a red varietal only found in the Loire, and is generally used in blends. But when it isn't getting thrown around in Touraine and is left to its own devices, Pineau d'Aunis is a light bodied beast.
The "Cuvée du Rosier" reminds me of gamay's sexy older brother. Same care-free attitude, but reads Politico and wears a subtle aftershave. You're probably hanging out in gamay's basement playing Mario Kart when "Cuvée du Rosier" rolls in and starts cracking jokes about John Boehner you don't really get, but laugh along with anyway because he has just the right amount of scruff and a really nice smile. One night he gives you a ride home, and you've been secretly making out ever since.
BUT GAMAY CAN NEVER KNOW!
Instead of gym hair, I'm going to pretend my hair is now playfully tussled "Cuvée du Rosier" hair.
Tasting Notes: Bright berries and citrus on the nose. The palate is light but layered, with plenty of fruit, energized spice and excited minerality. Youthful and seductive. The kind of wine that reminds me why I love wine, with lots of warm butterflies.
Ross Test: Oral sex