This is a really drinkable, fresh Loire red with plenty of personality, but also real harmony. It’s a blend of Cot (Malbec) and Cabernet Franc, named after the owners’ (Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet) dog, Pif. I picked it up in local wine shop Noble Green Wines, the first time I have seen any of the wines in the UK for ages.
Clos Roche Blanche Cuvee Pif 2011 Touraine, Loire, France
12% alcohol. Light, fresh and sappy, yet ripe and joyful, with subtle green hints to the vibrant blackurrant, red cherry and raspberry fruit. It’s a supple, juicy red of real appeal that has enough complexity to hold the attention, but simple freshness to make it very gluggable. An easy companion of an evening. 91/100 (£13.19 Noble Green Wines)
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