This month we are featuring two different Cab Franc rosés from the Loire Valley. This French wine region is located south of Paris, north of Bordeaux, and east of Champagne and Burgundy, and is situated along the Loire River. One of the oldest wineries in the world, Chateau du Goulaine, which was established around the year 1000, is in this diverse AOC. There are several wine regions within this area you may be familiar with: the Muscadet region near the Atlantic coast; the regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé known for their Sauvignon Blancs; the Vouvray region, known for its amazing Chenin Blancs; and the Cabernet Franc dominant regions of Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, and Chinon.
The Bourgueil AOP is instantly recognizable for their Cabernet Franc wines, which are known for their aromas of graphite (think pencil shavings), strawberry, and raspberry. Here, the Cabernet Franc is grown in a mix of sandy gravel (more fruit/floral) and limestone (more spice), making for medium-bodied reds and structured rosé wines.
Cabernet de Saumur AOP is the only rose-specific appellation of Saumur, which was created in 1964. Cab Franc must constitute at least 85% of any Cabernet de Saumur wine, complemented by an optional (and only occasionally used) 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Pineau d’Aunis.
About the Winery: Located in the Bourgueillois since 1839, our family operates more than 40 hectares of vineyards on the appellations Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Chinon. Respectful of the terroirs, our wines are a reflection of our unique grape, the Cabernet Franc, and the expression of the vintage.
About the Winemaking: The grapes are manually harvested. 55% bled wine and 45% pressed wine. The fermentation is done in thermo-regulated tanks by internal exchangers for a vinification temperature of 15° - 19° celsius. Fermentation lasts for 30 days. Malolactic fermentation not made and it is not chaptalized.
Tasting Notes: This ripe, red-fruit accented wine is soft and releases light perfumes with every sip. It maintains a great crispness making it perfect for lighter appetizers.
Suggested Food Pairing: These rosé wines accompany meals with fish, cold meats and also barbecues.
About the Vineyards: The vineyards of Domaine des Grillemonts have been in the family for 5 generations with Lydie and her husband Thierry taking over the Estate in 2000. It is located In the village of Turquant, in the greater Saumur.
Thierry and Lydie are both very passionate about the job, working together on the Estate and completing each other on every level. She is in charge of the vineyard, making every detail possible all year long so Thierry can have the best conditions to get started in the cellar and master the vinification. The Domaine is farmed sustainably and no synthetic chemical treatment is done.
About the Winemaking: Manual harvest, pressurage, alcoholic fermentation. Aging on lees, then bottled early, in order to have a fruit forward wine.
Tasting Notes: Strawberry-scented with flavors of cherry and cranberry that pop on a crisp, refreshing palate.
Suggested Food Pairing: Drink it as an aperitif or with your favorite foods off the grill.