Drive two hours south of Paris and you will arrive at the medieval town of Sancerre, perched on a hilltop amidst a sea of vines. Sancerre, of course, is best known for its world-class Sauvignon Blanc, but it also produces some exceptional Pinot Noir grapes, much of which goes into producing super bright and racy rosé wines... like this one.
The Pinot Noir that goes into La Belle en Rose is planted on a mix of clay and limestone soils on hillsides facing south and southeast. The grapes are harvested by hand and are lightly pressed, much like a white wine but with some initial skin contact after crush that allows the wine to pick up its pale pink color. The juice is allowed to settle for a little more than two days in a temperature controlled environment. Fermentations takes place with natural yeast under cool temperatures. The wine spends a few months on the fine lees before bottling... just in time for rosé season.
Pale pink with elegant aromas of strawberries and watermelon accompanied by hints of flinty minerality and crushed herbs. The wine is light bodied and silky but with enough girth to nourish your taste-buds. Like most Sancerre there is a racy acidity which cools its texture and carries the wines fresh berry aromas and lip smacking mineral flavors well into the finish.
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Bottle Size: 750mL
- Varietal: Pinot Noir