2013 Val de Mer Bourgogne Rosé

SKU #1167386

This delightful Rose is made from 100% Pinot Noir, grown in the hills north of Tonnerre, just south of the valley of the Aube in Champagne. It is made by Patrick Piuze, noted Chablis producer, who gives it 4 hours of skin contact to establish its beautiful medium pink hue. In 2013, ripeness was high enough that he blocked malolactic fermentation to preserve freshness. Then, after 6 months in stainless steel tank, it is bottled with a Stelvin screwcap to preserve freshness. On the palate it has an interesting fruitiness and a lovely, very Pinot character. This is truly delightful! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 6/2014) Jon Bonne from the SF Chronicle writes: "Pinks from Burgundy are rare outside the town of Irancy, but Chablis wunderkind Patrick Piuze devised one from 30 year old vines near Tonnerre, just beyond the southern edge of Champagne. It combines the musky, berryish aspect that Pinot rosé can offer, with almost sweet, crowd-pleasing -- yes, from Burgundy -- berry fruit."

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/26/2014  | Send Email
This is a rosé that demands your attention. The nose is all about very soft and delicate red-fruited Pinot Noir--you cannot wait to taste it. Those flavors are echoed on the palate, then snap! There is that Chablis acidity. Mouthwatering and delicious, this is everything that I want from a rosé.

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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

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.