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Region: Côtes D’Auvergne < Loire Valley < France
Grapes: Gamay, Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming, volcanic clay-limestone soils; vinified/aged in stainless steel, 25+ year old vines; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Laure Cartier and Jean-Baptiste Deroche
WHY IS THIS A UNICORN? This is what happens when a volcano melts a glacier and the river runs pink…
NEW VINTAGE ALERT: Husband and wife Laure and Jean-Baptiste come from a history of organic viticulture and recently took over Domaine Miolanne, converting the estate to full organics and making simple, honest wines that showcase the uniquely volcanic terroir of the Auvergne. There are two huge extinct volcanoes in the area, now preserved as national parks, the Domaine Miolanne sits smack dab in the middle of the two. And you can taste that volcanic soil so clearly in this ethereal, almost glacial, rosé, which sports the prettiest of orangey-pink hues. Floral and delicate with a smoky quality, it’s Provençal-esque in style and makes a fantastic aperitif or picnic wine. Or pair up that flinty note with some grilled seafood!