2011 Pierre Boniface "Les Rocailles" Vin d Savoie Gamay Rosé (Previously $16)

SKU #1092291

Produced entirely from the Gamay grape at Les Rocailles, a true earthly paradise nestled in the French Alps, this mouthwatering rosé offers delicate strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose. Light, crisp and bone-dry on the palate, it is enjoyable on its own, and it pairs well with a wide range of lighter fare including grilled vegetable panini, charcuterie, summer salads and more! 12% abv.

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2012 | Send Email
I really loved this rosé from the Savoie, from near the French border with Switzerland. It smells like an alpine stream, gruyere cheese and orange zest. The cheese element disappears on the palate and you're met with citrusy fruit, white pepper and more fresh mountain air. Clean and refreshing, I could drink this with anything, but it would be especially good with something rich and cheesy, like the tomato, chard and gruyere panade I made this week.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


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Alcohol Content (%): 12