I'm flipping through notebooks to see which great wines I failed to shout out about. Here's a good one, tasted when I was in the Loire for the Salon. Okay, I'm a little late, but I've a question for you: How is it possible Pascal Simonutti is not available in this country? Do we have enough of these kind of wines for those of us who need them? No! (this is a page from Alice Sari Feiring's unsexy notebook.) I had his wines in 2009 and loved them. And, idiot I am, wrote not. This year I went directly to taste and bam--loved them again. The vines he works with are old. 80 year old pineau d'aunis? Sign me up baby! Yum. We've got a VDT here because he ain't allowed to bottle a 100% varietal of pineau d'aunis where he is in the Tourainne, so he's joining the fashionable line up of Table Wines. This was a rosy wine with plenty of charmin' charm. Cherry, berry and a holy shit rough finish. So why are they not imported??? Does anyone here want to explain that one to me? The pineau D' is the puppy with the orange label. The 2008 Gascon gets the blue treatment and is actually 60% of this grape that I've no real experience with and the rest of gamay. In fact, the grape isn't even in the Oxford Companion of Wine. Esoteric alert. The only thing I can find is that it was widespread before phyloxxera. Old vines, more than 100 years. Three week masceration. The wine was breathy stemmy, and it was in the bottle since September 2009. Think Peyra with more density and a teensy bit of C02.