93 Insider points

REVIEWS

We always love a good sparkling rosé, and this one hit it on the nose. Bright yet powerful. An elegant example of the pinot grape. A perfect sparkler for the upcoming holiday season. Cheers! - 93 points, The Premier Sommelier Team

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Loire Valley, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Rosé is the rarest of all Sancerre. Like red Sancerre, rosé wines from this fantastically desirable appellation are 100% Pinot Noir. And similar to the red and the white wines from Sancerre, Rosé from these vineyards is a lesson in delicacy and balance. The combination of flinty, nervy Sancerre terroir and fruity, charming Rosé adds up to a thirst-quenching, fruit-forward dry pink with infinite appeal.

Cave de Gortona’s winemaker and owner is Eric Louis, by now a Member fave well loved for his value-packed, estate-grown Sancerre blanc. Louis’ rosé is also fashioned in the winemaker’s signature “non interventionist” style and from 100% Pinot Noir grown on the region’s famous clay-limestone soils. Made by the saignée method, after crushing a portion of the just pressed juice is separated from the tank and fermented (in stainless steel, of course) as a white wine would be but just tinged with an achingly beautiful salmon color from brief skin contact. Like Louis’ white and red Sancerre, this Direct Import Exclusive is designed to enjoy at the table with a range of food.

·    Employing natural techniques whenever possible, Eric Louis also farms according to lunar rhythms—with a nod toward biodynamic viticulture—and plants grass in between the rows of vines to nurture the soil.

·    Louis’ vines are planted on the famed soils of the best AOCs in the Loire. Their holdings in Sancerre, in particular, are situated in the ideal terroir for flinty, mineral Sauvignon Blanc and elegant, aromatic Pinot Noir.

·    Louis inherited this winemaking estate from this great grandmother, Pauline Louis who sold her hand-made white wine exclusively at local markets.

·    Regarding the 2016 Loire Valley vintage, the Wine Enthusiast writes: “This vintage is set to be flavorsome and fruit-driven, with good balance and ample availability to supply market needs.”

 

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

This Rosé "de saignée" is a framed wine. It has salmon pink colour, limpid and bright. Its bouquet is very characteristic from the Pinot Noir grape variety. Very powerful and well structured in the mouth.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

It all started with Pauline, Eric's great-grandmother who, in 1860, sold his wine on the French markets. " Les Celliers de la Pauline " owe her their name as well as our special cuvée which, in her tribute, was named "Cuvée Pauline".

It was then his son, Julien, who, with his wife Louise, took up the torch following Pauline, caring for his vine and wine according to the same traditions, with love and respect.

Then it is Léon son who, by marrying with Ginette, unites two domains, and creates Cellars of the Pauline .

Ginette's father, Paul Cantin called "Robert", was a famous storyteller of regional stories. He knew how to describe the Sancerrois and its traditions in the picturesque and singing patois of the time.

In the 70s, with the development of the export, the reputation of the wines of Sancerre and Celliers de la Pauline increases internationally thanks to the work of Léon Louis.

Heir to all these traditions, it is today Éric Louis who elaborates the wines of the family with the same love and respect of the vine, anxious to share his passion for the wines and the soil of our beautiful region in France and France. outside our borders

PERFECT PAIRINGS

From the winery:

Very pleasant with grilled meat and all summer dishes. Also goes well with exotic and spicy dishes such as curries.