What? No Midweek thread yet? I’ll do the honours, then…
Decided to open a 2015 ‘Sans les Mains’ Pineau d’Aunis this evening:
Our first try of this variety.
The husband suggested we do the tasting ‘without hands’ like the chaps on the label, but feeling a bit too tired for this sort of experimentation!
Anyway! A really interesting grape – like a Gamay and Pinot Noir love child. The colour was already showing the relative age (very light, but distinctly brick-like), and the nose was all earth, mushrooms, decaying leaves but also red fruit and something a little spicy.
Similar notes on the palate – the red fruit was on the cranberry/pomegranate spectrum, chalky mouthfeel and lively and lovely acidity. It had more tannins than we expected – and they were quite grainy, in a nice sort of way. Nice spiciness on the (not-so-long) finish, too.
Light wine, perhaps not mind-blowing, but worth a try, for sure – for life is short.