Sancerre Rosé is one of our favorite rosés to enjoy all year long. Lots of verve and crunchy red fruit give you great food pairing options (as well as enjoying just on its own).
From: Sancerre, Loire, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: There's never much of this and less than usual in the frost-impacted 2021 harvest, so don't delay in grabbing your share. It's 100% Pinot Noir from two different Sancerre terroirs, both Caillottes and Kimmeridgian soils. The whole bunches are lightly pressed, bringing out an intense pink color with darker red highlights. The flavors are bold, focusing on dark cherry and wild red berry fruit with a nicely mineral edge and just a tiny touch of freshening tannins. The balance of fruit, acidity, texture and minerality is pretty much perfect. Delicious right now, it will actually be better by fall and delight and refresh through 2024 or so.
Pairing: Pairing: Excellent paired with barbecued meats, spring greens such as artichoke, asparagus, or arugula salad, fried chicken thighs, brie and young French cheeses, as well as any recipe featuring bright lemon/citrus flavors. Try this beautiful Chicken Salad with Nectarines and Goat Cheese recipe by Ali Slagle!
About: Domaine Lucien Crochet stems from the fusion of the winegrowing estates of André Crochet (Lucien’s father) and Lucien Picard (his father-in-law). The latter was one of the pioneers of bottling in the Sancerre region and one of the first to sell his Sancerre wines in Paris in the early 1950s.
Lucien Crochet expanded the estate over the last thirty years to its current surface area of 38 hectares. His son, Gilles, now runs the estate. 29 hectares are planted with Sauvignon Blanc. It is with these grapes that they produce their range of white wines. The remaining 9 hectares are planted with Pinot Noir which goes into the making of the red and rosé wines.
Most of Lucien Crochet's vineyards are located within the village of Bué, with some in the neighboring communes of Sancerre, Crézancy, and Vinon. The soil and subsoil are clay-limestone based and date back to the Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian stages.
Most of the vines face south, south-west, and south-east, giving the grapes maximum exposure to the summer sun.
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