Pink-Peppercorn-Spiced Pineau d’Aunis - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Pineau d’Aunis

Winemaker Pascal Janvier in the vineyard. (Photo courtesy of

Le Loir (masculine) is a tributary into its more-famous sister La Loire, which is a wonderfully confusing gift to us non-Francophones. This wine grows north of Tours, and was a thrilling breath of fresh air during the panels. I’m often frustrated by how pineau d’aunis shows in our panels—thin, candied or simple. But here’s a pineau I can recommend without reservation, its pink-peppercorn-spiced, curranty fruit showing enough weight to feel complete, with chewy grip at the end of a long finish. A wine to make converts of doubters.


Pascal Janvier 2021 Coteaux du Loir Rouge Cuvee du Rosier

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Corey Warren is the Tastings Editor in addition to covering the wines of the Loire, Southern France, Argentina and South Africa.

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