2011 Claude Riffault "La Noue" Sancerre Rosé

SKU #1109013 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light pink. Pungent herb- and spice-accented aromas of red berries, cherry and blood orange. Supple and expansive, with good heft to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes on a gently chewy note, with persistent red fruit and honeysuckle qualities.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Sancerre rosé is without question one of my all time favorite rosés. Made from 100% Pinot Noir and grown in the limestone soils of Sancerre this wine is not messing around. Seductive aromatics of herbed laced red fruits with dusty minerals looming in the background. A textured but polished mid palate guides you into a finish with drive and purpose. This is a rosé for grownups - a palate pleasure party. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer) For some reason rosé as a whole has the unjust reputation of an afterthought wine that is meant to be drunk while in its extreme youth and only during the blistering months of summer. We here at K&L could not adamantly disagree more. A well crafted rosé can be a wine of pure beauty and express all that is lively and fun in life. It is also one of the best food pairing wines to be had. If you think you're ready to step up and see what rosé really is all about then, the time is now. La Noue is a single parcel of 2.5 hectares on a mixture of white limestone and Kimmeridgian soil. Most of this parcel goes to make the red wine from the property of the same name. A small amount is vinified separately as a saignée rosé. There is a short and light maceration before pressing and the fermentation and aging are both in stainless steel tank. Like all of the wines of the property, it is harvested by hand.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2012  | Send Email
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As with Domaine Gueneau, Eric Story, our Loire Valley Wine Buyer, continues to discover absolutely brilliant wines from that area, particularly in the village of Sancerre. I realize that many of you think in terms of Rosés being a seasonal type of purchase (Spring/Summer), but I think if any one wine would be the perfect match for your Thanksgiving festivities, a well-made Rosé would be it. And this exceptional Gem from Riffault would more than unquestionably be it. Accented by bright red cherry to orange-rind aromas and flavors with slate-like mineral undertones, this mouthwatering, refreshing, clean, crisp, yet fairly complex Rosé will be one of the wines that we will be pouring this Thanksgiving. According to Rusty, Eby, The Beaner, Eby, and Rizzo, this Gem will be the perfect compliment with the white meat coming from the breast of turkey. 13.0% ABV
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 By: Marc S. |  Review Date: 12/6/2012 
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I bought two bottles of this wine based on the Tanzer/K&L recommendation. While there are no obvious faults with this wine I wouldn't go out of my way to say that this an exceptional rose by any stretch. I think that there are better roses from Provence and other countries that offer more drinking pleasure than this rather "tough" rose from Sancerre.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Loire

- 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.