Gamay & Pinot Noir
Coteaux du Giennois, Loire, France
Mathieu Coste Biau 2014
Mathieu Coste previously worked in Burgundy, making wine for others before he decided to create his own domaine in 2008. Côteaux du Giennois – this being the extreme eastern part of Loire, as close to Burgundy as you can get in this long stretched wine region, was best suited for the style of wines he wanted to make.
He’s always been into organic farming and minimal intervention winemaking and has today 5,5 hectares where 4,7 hectares is planted with Pinot Noir and Gamay, the rest is Sauvignon Blanc. He makes wine in a way that’s rarely seen these days, red wines with structure and backbone that are aged for a long time until they are mature. Wines that make you think of history.
Biau is old French for beau (beautiful), which it is. A fine, light, complex wine with aromas of black fruits and cherry, beautiful structure and fine well-integrated tannins. Plenty of acidity but a little bit have age has tempered into dried blackberries. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and full clusters. Aged for 48 months in French oak barrels plus 12 months in bottle.