2020 Domaine Philippe Tessier Le Point du Jour Cheverny Rouge - Loire Valley, France (750ml)
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Point du Jour is a benchmark example of a classic Loire Valley Cheverny from revered natural winemaker Philippe Tessier. A medium-light bodied blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay. The grapes are 30% destemmed with 70% left in their whole cluster before undergoing fermentation in part through carbonic maceration. This is a method typically used to emphasize freshness while suppressing tannins. Nonetheless, this wine has structure and balance. With dry, dusty tannins that are amplified by a pronounced granite minerality, pomegranate and ripe cherry, as well as peppery and herbaceous notes. Enjoy Point du Jour with braised lamb shanks.
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