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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 174
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 231
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DefenCorps on 06-10-2010

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Photo of Fux
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle of Zwanze 2011 opened at Zwanze Day 2012 at La Fine Mousse. Wonderful surprise for a wonderful Cantillon day.

A: Dark ruby, with some purple glints. Small off-white head that fades quickly.
S: Smell is very funky, with lots of barnyard aromas, leather, even horse blanket, some light tartness come after. Quite smooth and very well balanced with fruity scents (dark grapes and berries). More fruity flavors hide behind this very unusual nose for a Cantillon (apples, pears, etc.). Deep, complex, amazing.
T: Sour and funky, even smoothier and more balanced than the nose, with an oaky and fruity character. Still white fruits, grapes and berries. Quite bitter and tart aftertaste.
M: Not much carbonation. Rough on the palate. More a sipper than a refreshing beer.
O: Mind blowing lambic. Zwanze 2012 was supposed to be the king of the night, but this one was even better, one of the best Cantillon I have had actually. I would love to have this again!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Cantillon for the beer; if it wasn’t for them making it, I’d not have had it. Blush-cranberry hue with evident petillance ; good looking, at any rate. The nose is fantastic from the get-go (and does nothing to let up subsequently) and offers a rich bushy berry mélange atop trademark musty Cantillon funk, with slight notes of green apple. Upon the palate, flavors of tannic berry and grape, lactic and generally light acidic notes, mustiness and antiquity, and finally, perfectly apportioned nuances of black peppercorn are awash. The dry-hop also seems to be at play here, both in the aromatic as well as gustatory, imparting a healthy dose of herbal earthiness, in a manner not usually found in Cantillon. The feel is near-perfect, with a great balance between effervescence and weight. Overall this is a fantastic Cantillon, with its mainstay in a lighter flavor, with a less challenging general tone, but making up for it with a layer of additional (well-placed) complexity.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stone

A- Reddish, orange body with little to no head.

S- Wet horse blanket and subdued red fruit. Pronounced funk in the nose.

T- Sour cherries at the outset. Tart red fruit, strawberries? Mild funk. Finishes tart with a mildly puckering aftertaste. Exquisite!

M- Medium to light body with low carbonation.

O- A wonderful beer! Perfect marriage of tart, sour fruit and funky, barnyard characteristics. Wish this was available all the time. I wouldn't tire of it ever. Highly recommended!

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Photo of ahalloin
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few 6 oz. pours at Churchkey in DC today.

Pours a dark pink (raspberry crayon) color with a full white cap of foam. Very opaque and cloudy. Beautifully vibrant and unusual color.
Smells of musty, barnyard funk with a strong acetic note. A slight fruity background persists and gives relief from just straight sour notes. Grape skin comes to mind.

The flavor is powerfully sour and tart. Grape fruitiness lingers slightly in the back with a major display of funk in the foreground. In addition to the fruitiness, I get a quality similar to what a vine-ripened tomato would give with a slightly sour twinge. Incredibly drying finish.

The Mouthfeel is spectacular with a puckering quality from the sour notes, yet super drying in the finish. Makes my saliva ducts go nuts every time I take a drink. Medium carbed and smooth.

Overall an awesome fruit lambic with plenty of complexity and very satisfying.

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Photo of joel66
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pinot di Aunis, bottle poured into a cantillon taster. Big thanks to Manuele from Ma Che Siete for hooking me up with this world class beer and big thanks to Jbeatty for trading me another

A- dark orange with creamsicle looking head

N- Huge depth of white and red grapes. red wine, vineous with an earthy/grassy and almost pepper yeast funk.

T- wow,... wow.... by far top 3 of the day for our 4/20/13 tasting which consisted of veritas vertical, loerik, YB, eszett. Uli blends, beekeeper, le woody so on and so forth. I freakin love this fine liquid.

earthy funk, pepper spice,vineous red wine, cobb webb. such a combination of deep characteristics. simply amazing.

M- Light, airy, smooth, gods nectar poured into a cantillon tasting glass

O- One of my favorite Cantillons. Cant wait to see how my other bottle ages. I think ill open it in 2031.... in the meantime ill be ISO a few more bottles so that I can see what 5 yr intervals does to this one.

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Photo of aleigator
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Has a sherry, dark red, very saturated color, with a small, fizzy head.

Smells of oaky barnyard, wet hay, ripe, spicy grapes, wrapped up by a pleasant sourness, inheriting apple skin and citrus peel.

Tastes of red, matured grapes which got an earthy pepperiness to them, as well as balancing, mellow, wooden malts. The pepper is recognizable in the most pleasant way, accentuating the rich grape foundation of the beer, brought down to a round figure by a tart, fruity acidity. Due to the spicy pepper infusion this becomes much more complex than any druiven lambic I have tasted so far, complimenting the stone qualities of the grapes, as well as adding a maturing, oaky aspect to them. Finishes very tart, sour, with a convincing dry note to it, revealing characteristics of a young, slightly fermented wine.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had summer of 2011 at Ma Che, review from notes. Pour is mostly tranparent dark orange with a creamy white head. The nose is amazing, dusty cob webs with a bit of cellar musk and some earthy cheese notes. Lightly peppery and nice vinous red grapes. It is awesome! Musky cellar and notes of cheese rind. A bit dusty mid palate with a strong peper note balanced by a red grape vinous quality. Balanced and integrated so well with the spice and sweet grapes. Body is light, soft and airy with a gentle carbonation and extremely dry tannic finish. Such deep character to this and so well integrated, world class stuff.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze! Served on tap in a Cantillon tasting flute at West Lakeview Liquors for Zwanze Day 2011.

Appearance: The center of Zwanze has a raspberry hue with grapefruit surrounding and transparent edges. Typical for the style, a quick fading white head maintains only a ring around the glass.

Smell: The aroma is pretty phenomenal. Nice moderate barnyard funk, light cherry, tart lemons, and a little stinky cheese.

Taste: A light malt flavor is present up front. Lactic sour cherry, white grape sweetness, a little balsamic vinegar, with a little bit of straw and white pepper toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: This has a light to medium body, pleasantly funky and sour while still retaining balance. The finish has more vinegar acidity than the start.

Overall: This was an incredible beer, pretty squarely my favorite of the day. I would still be going back for another pour if there was any left. Zwanze has all of the requisite characteristics of a great sour without needing to bash you over the head with any of them. The gentle balance was appreciated.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zwanze day at Spuiten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Great event, nice taps, reasonable prices and well-run by the bar staff.

A- mild, lighter pink grapefruit color, a bit hazy

S- some funk and hops in the nose.

T-nice acidity (teeth-cleaning kind, but this was my third lambic of the afternoon), a lot of hoppiness present, mildly fruity. A bit more funky than other Cantillons.

M-lightly carbonated, refreshing.

O- an excellent beer I would love to drink everyday, if available and I had the budget!

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Photo of OfficerBarbier
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Cantillon Zwanze @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA

A- Light burgundy red with zero head.

S- Very tart lambic-ey berries; strawberry and raspberry.

T- Funky, acidic and delightully fruity. Flavors become more pronounced with temperature.

M- Light, biting and clean, tannic, with lactobacillus and genre-defining accompanied salivary ejaculations.

I- As with the vast majority of special Cantillon releases, I just can't get enough. Some age would probably allow the fruit character to mature and 'ripen'. Love it.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to sample this beer at lord hobos on zwanze day 2011, just never got around to reviewing it.

This beer pours a nice pinkish red color kind of like a pink grapefruit. There is very little head but this may be because they poured pictures and then glasses then distributed thm to the whole bar. The smell is slightly winelike with a little funk in the background and a peppery finish. The flavor follows suit with a slightly winelike flavor a good sourness notes of grapefruit and a peppery finish. The mouthfeel was dry but the grapefruit notes made my mouth water with every sip. Overall I thought this was great.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a cloudy red-orange color with a bit of pink mixed in and a thin ring of white head around the edges. The head fades fairly quickly but did leave some lacing behind.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour and tart white grape with a bit of over-ripe strawberry. There is some hay and some funk with a bit of brett character as well.

T - Starts off with some sour white grapes and some tart over-ripe strawberry flavor. It tastes just a bit acidic in a good way. Through the middle, some hay and funky character comes through with a bit more acidity as well. The finish is a mix of tart and sour with a nice funky and brett flavors lingering alongside the fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with a nice acidic and slightly pucking tartness.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice balance of sour and tart flavors with the right level of acidity. I also really liked the fruit flavors throughout.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this new Zwanze 2011 beer at the brewery open day at Cantillon. The beers pours a deep red color with a small white head that was not long lasting.
The beer smells a bit like red wine. Fruits, berries, some spicy notes.
Taste: moderate sourness, much less than the average Cantillon beers. Clearly berries are present with a mild sour, pepper spicy aftertaste.
Medium carbonation, very easy to drink. A great brew, one of my favorites cantillons already!

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Photo of deebo
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 75 cl bottle opened at brewery, bottled 23-Dec-10.

A-Dull red color with lively small CO2 bubbles rising to a white foam that rims the glass.

S-The lambic smell-barnyard earthy yeast with hints of black peppery spice.

T-The pepper spice is definitely there but the lambic flavor is most dominant flavor. A hint of hops is there too. A syrupy dark liquor on bottle of bottle-the last glass with this added is more sour and overall more assertive.

M-Clean and smooth, a bit of black pepper and hoppy end note, not as sour as other Cantillon beers.

D-I drank the whole bottle myself-so damn good for a sour.

O-An interesting almost refreshing lambic. Really glad I had the opportunity to taste this one, a highlight of my most recent trip to Brussels.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Cantillon, 10 euros. Jean told me that one half the bottles were still and the other half had carbonation. Only the still bottles were available at this time, so that's what I had. I was also told that only 200 bottles were made, which surprises me as there were still some all these months later when I visited. Lucky me.

The beer has a light rosy hue, in terms of color it's halfway between wit and kriek, very clear with no head at all. Just a ring of small bubbles around the glass. It smells mildy sour and tart, hard to get classic grape aromas, but the pepper from these grapes comes through brilliantly. Really peppery, almost as if the spice itself were added. It comes through in the flavor as well, peppery grape juice without any spicy bite. Stunning and unique, almost cedar aged flavors.

The mouthfeel matched the flavors and made it feel more like a wine. I'd have personally liked to have the carbonated version but I'll take what I can get. Overall this was really good, I could have finished the whole thing myself but wanted to share it with some other people who took the tour (but only small pours for them!).

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Photo of thagr81us
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #1100!!! Had this one at Holy Grale in Louisville during Zwanze Day 2011! Just for the record, I drove ~7 hours to be there and ~7 hours home after to sample this beer... Served from tap into a Cantillon taster flute (which I got to keep!). Poured a peachish fluorescent red-orange with a very minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, earthy funk, tart cherry, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, big funk, tart cherry, earthy funk, dark fruit, and grapes. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one as we sat waiting for the toast to begin. Once I drew my first sip off the glass I knew this was something special. Everything on this one worked in unison and complimented everything else nicely. My only gripe with this beer??? They didn't bottle it. I could see this one really developing over the next year or two into something truly amazing. Definitely worth the ~14 hours of total driving I conducted during that day if that tells you anything...

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lord Hobo for Zwanze Day '11. Pours a hazy pink-red, with orange and gold highlights with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is tart and funky, with a strong red grape mixed with grapefruit. Taste is the same with quite of bit of acidity. I'm also picking up a very strong peach type flavor from the grapes, strawberry as well. It carries a light to medium body with a moderate carbonation, ending with a nice dry, mouth-puckering earthy tartness. A truly amazing beer I couldn't be more thankful for the chance to have tried.

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Photo of brian44556
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full pour into an oversized wine glass. Was lucky enough to have the chance to try this at the Holy Grale in Louisville.

Pours a pinkish hue with almost no head and leaves a nice thin lacing around the sides of the glass. Beer looks like grapefruit juice. Smell notes of pepper, grapes, and tart. All of the smells compliment each other and mesh together perfectly. Taste notes of peppercorns, raspberries, grapes, and tart. Beer has a bit of a spice to it and is complimented very well from the tart from the fruit. Beer drinks very well and has a dry finish. Glad I was given the chance to try this. An amazing beer, a bit pricy ($14 per glass), but probably will never be able to drink again so I'll pay the price. Thanks Cantillion and Holy Grale for giving me the opportunity to taste this amazing beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small pour at lambic summit event. Peach-pink hue, soft white ring and lacing. Lemon rind, red grape skin, of course typical Cantillon barnyard on the nose, but a bit more refined and subtle than the gueuze and some others. Extremely dry, mouth focused on dry, sour red grape skins. Very short finish. Some green melon flavors shone. Light and vibrant, very dry and short. Enjoyable and interesting; I'd like to see this one again. ***EDIT - Split a bottle with Justin at the brewery. No notes, just the memory that this was amazing, endlessly soft and almost airy. Flavors were subtle, playful, amazing. Round in the mouth and totally unlike any other Cantillon. Not very sour but just wild enough to finish this beautiful tapestry of flavors. Perfume-like. Score gets knock way up here.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so very much to Popkas for sharing a beer that I had given up the thought of ever trying. Had at his second late summer sour tasting (9/4).

There was a lot of excitement around a bottle without a label and only a sticky not attached to indicate it's contents. "Pinot d'Aunis" as if it was a memo to not forget, can't imagine anyone misplacing their interaction with a beer so damn tasty.

Cork pops out and a soft wave of salmon colored liquid emerges. Aromas of ripe grapefruit juice, green apples, and a little of that Cantillon funk were expressive and fragrant. Nice carbonation that wasn't overly foamy but gave the beer a slight champagne like comparison. The grapefruit aroma was intensely expressive, almost to the point that this could have been a little Cantillon brunch beer.

The nose was a marvel and the flavor was similar in precision. Much softer around the edges than expected. Grapes, tart cranberries, citrus rind and a fresh juiciness gave a much more obvious wine styled body and flavor. The high acid showed through the fruit but took second place to the grape's presence. Very delicious and balanced, more of a softer and elegant bottle from Cantillon.

In comparison to some other grape based sours, There wasn't as much vegetal grape vine flavors as in Don Quiote, not as intense as Saint Lamvinus, less sweet fruit and lemon flavored as in Vigneronne and seemed to have a touch more of that faint cheese rind funk compared to Malvasia Rosso.

Beautiful and refreshing for it's approach of being such a brightly flavored bottle of Lambic. This was a joy to drink and hope to one day experience it again. Excited to hear how it compares to the 2011 Zwanze version.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Pineau D’Aunis at Cantillon. Pours a hazy reddish color with off-white head. Spicy Cabernet like grape aromas, with funk and tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a lot of spice, dry, and tart.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 oz. pour enjoyed at Lord Hobo on Zwanze Day. Reviewed from notes.

The appearance is appropriately wine-like, with a body that is hazy red, almost pink. Not quite translucent, but fairly light. There's a small, one-finger white head that really sticks around, and leaves wonderful lacing around my glass at the slightest swirl.

The nose is more grape-forward than any lambic I've ever smelled. Like so many other Cantillon lambics, Zwanze 2011 is ultimately a gorgeous expression of fruit. The sweet fruitiness of the grapes is tempered by a slight musty scent - it's a strange funk, and not one I would call tart.

That musty funk really shines in the taste. Again, the grapes are very prominent, and that vinous, wine-like quality makes this a very special beer. The sweetness is somewhat akin to eating a cold grape, and that juicy fruit is very pleasant. But all of that sweetness combines with a barnyard funk, lending a complex quality to this lambic. Though this is wonderful, I can't help but wish that there were a little more mouth-puckering tartness to it.

Carbonation is spot-on, no doubt enlivened by the fact that it was served from a keg. I could have drank the entire pitcher from which my glass was served.

Allowing this beer to warm up over the course of 30 minutes or so did wonders for the taste, though the barnyard/horse blanket/mouth-puckering quality I hoped for wasn't quite there. I would imagine that that element of Zwanze 2011 would really shine with some age, but alas, I'll sadly never know.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze 2011. Draft at RRBC. Glowing reddish-pink color with a thin collar, no head. Smells like sweaty funk and grapefruit. Peppery, vinous notes pop out beneath the dominant citrus character. Really nice palate, red grapefruit, vinous fruit, a bit of black pepper and tobacco. Nice tartness with a juicy mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish, mild tannins. Really enjoyable, better than the first batch of Pinot d'Anuis.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Russian River Brewing Company on International Zwanze Day. First enjoyed this from the bottle at Cantillon in March 2011.

Body is a hazy orange/pink/garnet. Seems a bit more hazy and subdued in color than when I had this. No head to speak of, just a ring of bubbles.

Smells of red wine grapes and the characteristic Cantillon funkiness and old wood. There is a bit of spice in the nose.

Tastes of light red wine, oak, a bit of tannin, and long spicy, dry finish. I get some light cinnamon spice. Somewhat tart, but not overly sour. I think this is tasting a bit drier now that it has aged another half year.

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a flattish mouthfeel. But there's a lot of action with the wine flavor, acidity, and long dry spicy finish to give this an interesting mouthfeel.

I thought this was delicious and worth going out of my way for. Now the only way to get this will be at Cantillon in bottles. Hope I get back to Cantillon soon enough to have some more. Thanks Jean.

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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.