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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
La Pause
90POINTS
16½/20

La Pause 2016

Loire, FranceWhen young Frenchman-turned NYC chef turned-vigneron Laurent Saillard was offered to purchase half of the organically farmed Clos Roche Blanche vineyard in the Loire Valley's tiny village of Pouillé in 2015, he jumped at the offer. He's been busy transforming the estate, uprooting diseased vines, and focusing on small-yield quality. This is gamay grown on limestone over clay, with eight months in old vats before unfiltered bottling (expect harmless sediment). From first whiff, there's a stony clay thread running through the medium body, pushed up with perfumed cherry, raspberry, and sea salts. A brisk and frisky acidity streams a fine thread to the lingering white pepper dusted finish. A simple, uncomplicated joy, especially with a light chill.Tasted: 18 April 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 32.00 private wine shops Producer: Laurent SaillardDistributors: Racine Wine Imports
Varietal: Gamay NoirCSPC: 4972UPC: 00626990276456