2012 Claude Riffault "La Noue" Sancerre Rosé

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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. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/19/2013  | Send Email
The Claude Riffault Sancerre rose is always elegant, expressive of the minerally soils of Sancerre, with bright red cherry, cranberry and red currant. Always a staff favorite, the La Noue is the benchmark for real rose from the Loire Valley.

By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/28/2013  | Send Email
This 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.

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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.
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France

- 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.
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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.
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