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LOIRE, FRANCE, 2019

PINOT NOIR 2020 BY FLORIAN MOLLET-DOMAINE ROC DE L’ABBAYE

Bottle of Pinot Noir 2020 by Florian Mollet  lying label up on a table next to plates with dried meat, grapes, salad and bread

Pinot Noir 2020 by Florian Mollet-Domaine Roc De L’Abbaye is approachable and elegant, and comes with a fantastic price tag. As prices in Burgundy continue to rise, this Loire Valley Pinot is showing beautifully at just $23.

The terroir in the region is considered to be some of the world’s best with volcanic soil, limestone and clay interspersed throughout.

The Loire Valley has been the chosen retreat of the French elite for hundreds of years. Its countryside, dotted with fairy-tale-like architecture, French Gothic and Renaissance styled chateaus built as follies, fortifications and hunting lodges that have been attracting visitors for centuries. The terroir in the region is considered to be some of the world’s best with volcanic soil, limestone and clay interspersed throughout. All of which are consistently found in the greatest wine regions around the world.

Florian Mollet’s Pinot Noir bottling is a long way from average. This wine is a case study in Pinot Noir finesse and elegance, at an unbelievable price tag. For $23, this is a top value-for-dollar Pinot Noir, perfect for special occasions and ‘everyday’ drinking alike!

PINOT NOIR 2020 BY FLORIAN MOLLET-DOMAINE ROC DE L’ABBAYE: CHARACTERISTICS

BODY /  STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / smooth and silky, earthy, floral, fruity, mineral / Oaked

SWEETNESS / Extra Dry

CELLARING / Drink now or cellar

FOOD PAIRING / Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat

TASTING NOTE / Light garnet in colour.  Aromas of sweet strawberry fruit and dried honey are overlayed with hints of pepper and subtle red fruits. Cranberry and redcurrant flavours on the palate are showcased in this delicate wine with real finesse.

A LITTLE HISTORY

The winery is located in St. Satur, adjacent to ‘Clos du Roc’ vineyard (white, yellow, blue and black flint), which was owned by the Abbey of St Satur from 1450-1750 AD. The Mollet family has managed the estate since 1850, and it’s been in the Mollet family ever since. In 2000, the eldest son in the family, Florian, took over the estate with the determination to become one of the finest Domaines in the area. The estate has 11.5 hectares including the famous Clos du Roc de l’Abbaye vineyard in Sancerre.

This Pinot Noir is made with Florian’s winemaking expertise in Sancerre. Florian selects the most beautiful parcels grown on the clay and limestone plateau of Sologne Viticole region. He harvests only when the grapes have reached their full maturity. The result is a silky, smooth and refined Pinot Noir!

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