2009 Château du Hureau "Rosanna" Saumur Brut Rosé

SKU #1107821

Cabernet Franc grapes from a specially selected plot are blended with a bit of Chenin for this refreshing and exciting rosé. The vineyards of Hureau's estate are planted in the local "Tuffe," a soft, chalky limestone dating back to the Cretaceous period. It was used to build the Loire Valley castles and old homes, and is to be found everywhere in the vineyards. The crop is greatly thinned twice a year and the resulting yield is very low. The finished wine is then taken to a local sparkling producer who guides it into the bottle to age on the lees.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2012 | Send Email
One of the best sparkling wines in the store at any price. I bought a half-case after tasting it in our weekly education session. The flavors are delicate and nuanced like a fine champagne, but with less yeasty notes and more mineral highlights. The red fruits are very soft and there are savory notes on the finish. For the price, I can't think of a better deal right now in bubbles.

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