Joli Vin imports
Côte Roannaise, Oudan
Appellation: Côte Roannaise
Varietal: Gamay Saint Romain
Vineyards: Single parcel of the same name
Orientation: Southeast facing slope
Average age of vines: 18 years
Principal soil type: Granite
When Stéphane Sérol began assuming ownership for all facets of production at the domaine, vinifying all parcels separately was the first step in identifying the parcels which consistently produced exceptional wines. The logical extension of that work was to showcase those parcels which outperform by bottling them individually and showcasing their unique qualities. A most Burgundian concept. Oudan is one such parcel.
Comparing this wine to the Gamay one finds in Beaujolais does not do it justice. It's not from Beaujolais. In fact, if Gamay from Beaujolais, or even the Loire, is your reference, this wine might not be recognizable. The the dark fruit palate makes one think of Syrah and the mineral tension draws ones palate toward the mineral infused wines of Saint Joseph. Different grape but comparable soils.
Oudan fact sheet (PDF)
TurbullentA most exceptionally difficult wine to resist. A mist of of freshly crushed strawberry fruit and rose petals literally jump from the glass.
CabochardDelicate pink color and aromas of freshly cut strawberry and watermellon with a kiss of lemon. Precise and energetic.
Eclat de GraniteEclat de Granite strikes an exquisite balance between dark hued fruit and mineral tension creating a conversation in the glass which is as compelling as it is seductive.
OudanThe the dark fruit palate makes one think of Syrah and the mineral tension draws ones palate toward the mineral infused wines of Saint Joseph.