We shall be eternally grateful to Vincent Raimbault for introducing us to his friend in the village of Mosnes – one of only two vignerons making it their home!. After tasting a compelling range of his wines at the Salon in Angers, we selected two that offered something quite unique, and have since successfully added his singular rosé This fellow is a star.
(50% Cot, 50% Cab. Franc) There is a vivid brilliance to the best 2011 Loire reds which this splendid wine exemplifies. Deep-colored and forcefully scented, it melds that unmistakable Loire earthiness that seems to transcend varieties with a thoroughly pleasing fleshiness.
There is little resemblance between the popular Malbecs of Argentina or the brooding wines of Cahors and a wine such as this, made from the same grape with its Loire moniker. Once past the dark hue, you enter the unmistakable world of energetic, nervy and mineral Loire wines. The low alcohol keeps the wine bouyant and the finish is long.
(Fié Gris) This rare cousin of Sauvignon (also known as Sauvignon Rose and Surin Gris), which is tinted like Gewurztraminer, when ripe renders in Frissant’s hands a wine of surprising substance and authority. Fermented in old 400 litre barrels, it is quite unmarked by wood flavours but offers an excellent texture. It has developed quite a following for its dramatic, almost exotic nose of roses and mastic. It is lively, dry and spicy, brimming with vigor and animation.