From: Loire Valley, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Taste: The nose reveals an enticing bouquet of just-ripe raspberry, white cherry, and grapefruit zest, beautifully interlaced with notes of pulverized chalk and wet river stones. The palate is a medley of concentrated stone fruits and pink berries, accentuated by zesty acidity and a distinctly mineral finish. An epitome of structured elegance, this rosé marries the vivacity of berry freshness with the depth of Kimmeridgian-derived minerality.
Pairing: A versatile partner at the table, this Menetou-Salon Rosé pairs beautifully with light appetizers like prosciutto-wrapped melon or citrusy shrimp ceviche. Its minerality complements seafood dishes, especially grilled fish or oysters on the half shell. For a vegetarian option, consider a fresh beet and goat cheese salad. The wine's structure and nuanced fruit profile also make it a delightful accompaniment to poultry dishes, particularly roasted chicken with a lemon and herb glaze (check out the recipe below).
Roasted Chicken Thighs With Lemon, Thyme and Rosemary
Recipe from Nancy Silverton and Carolynn Carreño
Adapted by Florence Fabricant
About. Stepping into the vineyard-clad region of Menetou-Salon, where the resounding whispers of Kimmeridgian limestone permeate the air, we discover a rosé that is quintessentially the embodiment of terroir. Domaine Philippe Gilbert is a beacon of excellence, representing centuries of legacy, passion, and evolution in winemaking.
The Gilbert estate, with a history rooted deep in the 18th century, has been a testament to innovation, ingenuity, and unparalleled dedication. Since 1768, when Francois Gilbert left the familiar world of taverns to embrace the vineyards, the family has cultivated some of the most prized plots in Menetou. As the turn of the 20th century saw the estate expand to twenty-seven hectares, it was clear that this was an estate with a vision.
Enter Philippe Gilbert, the current steward, who, having left a flourishing career in the arts, has reinvigorated the family's legacy. In his relentless pursuit of perfection, Philippe has embraced organic and biodynamic practices, reshaping the viticultural landscape of Menetou-Salon. His commitment to non-interventionism and his daring, experimental streak have propelled the estate to a zenith of winemaking artistry.
The 2022 Menetou-Salon Rosé is a magnum opus of Philippe's vision and craftsmanship. Sourced entirely from Pinot Noir vines cradled in the soils of Parassy, this wine is a compelling spectacle for the senses. Its color, a delicate dance of salmon and silver, hints at the complexities hidden within. As you pour, a melange of aromas envelop you – raspberry, white cherry, and grapefruit, harmoniously mingling with undertones of chalk and river rocks. On the palate, this rosé captivates with its concentration of fruits and sharp acidity, underlined by its mineral-rich backbone.
But it's more than just the taste intrigues; it's the method. Produced with the direct press technique and fermented spontaneously, this rosé defies convention. Most producers chase consistency, but Philippe chases authenticity. And the result? A rosé that feels like a sip of summer, imbued with the freshness of the vine and the crispness of the season's first fruits.
As summer bids farewell, this Menetou-Salon Rosé stands out as the perfect curtain call. Whether you're sipping it poolside, reminiscing about the season gone by, or pairing it with a hearty autumnal feast, Philippe Gilbert's creation guarantees a memorable experience. It's not just a wine; it's a journey through the annals of Menetou, a testament to Philippe's vision, and above all, a celebration of the beauty and depth of rosé.
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