Pinot Noir
    Loire Valley, France
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·    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.”

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.