“GSM” and “SMG” are both everyday acronyms within the wine fraternity for blends of these 3 grape varieties, but have you ever come across a wine labelled as MSG…? I suspect not, and it’s because producers are afraid that their wine will be tarnished with a link to the well-known, much-maligned food flavour enhancer.
Called the "love-child" of Beajolais and Burgundy, George Lignier's "Passetoutgrain" shows just how approachable, yet elegant, this appellation's blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes can be. Fresh notes of countryside flowers, cassis, raspberry and earth, open up to a palate of cooked red fruits, cranberry and even a balsamic tang.
This exceptional red wine from Touraine is made from 30 year old Cabernet Franc vines grown on gravel soils in a warm micro-climate. It has been aged on the lees in Burgundy casks for a year to bring roundness and subtlety. The colour is an unexpectedly deep purple, and the bouquet combines black fruits and spice.
The Domaine des Marrans Fleurie is the flagship of their estate. An elegant, refined and subtle wine with blackcurrant, raspberry and floral aromas on the nose, while dark berry fruit dominates the palate.