The vineyard of Les Vignoles, like so many in this part of the Loire, is planted on soft, chalky soil on a plateau above the river. What gives this wine its attraction is the fine balance between structure and ripe cherry fruits and touches of grilled nuts. At the end, violet perfumes dominate.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.