Domaine Sérol is the perfect estate for those wanting a fresh story to tell, of a great couple making domaine wines to a very high standard, in a food-friendly style, from the Gamay grape’s ‘other’ fine terroir – the Côte Roannaise. Yes, that’s the Roanne of 3* Troisgros fame (with which the domaine works closely). Drive, as we did, 1¾ hours west from Beaujolais and you arrive at Renaison in the Loire Valley near the river’s source. Stéphane and Carine Sérol are converting here to full organic viticulture. The ‘Perdrizière’ comes from 30 year old high density planted vines on an east-facing slope of decomposed granitic sand (red from iron oxide content). Grapes mature late here due to afternoon shading giving good complexity. It’s around 40% whole bunch, aged 11 months in trunconic wooden tanks. ‘Les Millerands’ comes from a vineyard giving naturally small ‘millerand’ berries, is around 20% whole bunch, aged 11 months in cement tanks. These wines are fruity, vibrant, well-balanced with fresh acidity with decidedly cool-climate food-friendliness.