2010 Les Ligeriens Rosé d' Anjou (Previously $10)

SKU #1072527

This demi-sec blend of Cabernet, Gamay and the local Grolleau is made from the saignee method. Fresh as a spring morning, with tons of fruit and woodland notes, this is ideal with nibbles, salads, cold cuts and the like.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2011 | Send Email
I have a thing for off-dry, low alcohol pink wines. When not too sweet and made with the right balance of acidity, they go where most other wines won't - the pool, the peach, the dessert, the movies, girl's night, river rafting, brunch, breakfast, high tea. They go with food but are just as happy without. And now I have a new pink wine to add to my arsenal - this delightful rose d'Anjou! The nose offers strawberries and cream, and the palate is fruity and fresh, with an underlying creaminess. A touch of minerality at the finish, along with bright acidity, balances the residual sugar. This is off-dry, 11% abv, and my new best friend.

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
Alcohol Content (%): 11