A true French Rosé that will blow your mind and taste buds!
Rosé is a red wine that is made as if it is a white wine.
Let us explain more. Rosé is a wine that takes its pink look from contact with the grape skins, but not enough to make it look like a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The colour can range from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the grape varieties used and wine making techniques.
Usually, the wine is labelled rosé in French, Portuguese, and English-speaking countries, rosado in Spanish, or rosato in Italian.There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée, and blending. Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes.
Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the world. When rosé wine is produced with the skin contact method. Black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically two to twenty hours. They are then pressed and the skins are discarded rather than left in contact throughout fermentation as with red wine making. The longer the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the colour of the final wine.It is not known when the first wine labelled as a rosé was produced, but it is very likely that many of the earliest red wines made were closer in appearance to today's rosés than they would be to modern red wines. This is because many of the wine making techniques used to make today's darker, more tannic red wines such as extended maceration and harder pressing,were not widely practiced in ancient wine making. Both red and white wine grapes were often pressed soon after harvest, with very little maceration time, by hand, feet or even sack cloth, creating juice that was only lightly pigmented.
Today rosé is produced throughout the globe however France is the leader of the pack! From the cooler climate rosé Champagnes and Loire Valley wines to the warm Mediterranean influence climates of Provence and the southern Rhone Valley.The primary flavours of rosé are red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon, with a pleasant crunchy green flavour on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb. Depending on the type of grape the rosé is made with will greatly vary the flavour.
If there was any wine to convince a rosé denier to start their account, this is the one! The La Perrière ‘La Petite Perrière‘ Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 rated 95/100 is a world beater. As soon as Popsy & JJ had one sip, their jaws dropped, and they were on to it. Popsy said ‘this wine is so pretty that if it had a pulse I’d date it’!
Nothing more could be truer. The Loire Valley has been making rosés for centuries and this one is a pearler. Made from 100% pinot noir grapes and grown entirely on Saget Perrière’s family owned Loire Valley vineyards, the nose abounds freshness, strawberries and cream if that could even be possible?!
They threw this one into a Burgundy glass to emphasise its alluring perfume. There is more strawberry and cream on the palate and it just keeps getting better and more seductive the longer you hold it in the glass. But it’s hard to wait, then suddenly your glass is empty, you refill it and the journey begins again like Groundhog Day!
This wine beckons you to get a rug, throw it on the earth beside the ocean and drink all day with chicken salad. However, on this occasion, Popsy & JJ food matched it with an Indian style vegetable curry which was a foodie moment to behold. It’s a drink-now wine but has enough acid to last a couple of years on the shelf if you forget it’s there ...which you won’t.
Don’t wait to order this wine.