In the wine trade you can always tell when summer
is on it's way because sales of rosé wine
suddenly increase. The last few weeks have been no exception with Henri Bourgeois 'Les Baronnes' Sancerre Rosé 2010
standing out as our best selling wine.
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The small town of Sancerre
in the Loire Valley
is best known for it's crisp, light white wines
made from the Sauvignon Blanc
grape. They do make red wine
here as well from Pinot Noir
and when the vintage has been particularly good there is often enough to make Sancerre Rosé
too. Henri Bourgeois has been a family run winery
for 10 generations. They specialise in sourcing perfect plots of land with just the right terroir
for their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The resultant wines are truly authentic
with a classic, elegant style
This fresh, juicy Sancerre rosé gets its salmon-pink hue by 'bleeding' the colour out of the grape skins. The grapes are left to macerate at a cool temperature for 48 hours. This encourages just a little colour to seep into the juice giving us the delicate pinky-orange tinge. (Rosé wines with this colouring tend to be more elegant and food friendly as opposed to the overtly pink ones that can taste confected and too sweet.)
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The viticulture and winemaking techniques at Henri Bourgeois take the natural environment into account at all times. They use no chemicals on their vines and movement of grapes in the winery is done through gravity. Not only is it gentler on the grapes but it also means no electricity is used to transport them. This attention to detail produces excellent quality wines that reflect the unique terroir
of the area.
Henri Bourgeois 'Les Baronnes' Sancerre Rosé 2010 has a perfect balance
of ripe red fruit sweetness and a racy acidity. It is soft in the mouth but has a zingy, fresh finish meaning it is ideal to match with food. Come back soon to see what we recommend eating with it.