2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Here is a rare rosé from the land of great reds, from Sangiovese planted within the eminent Brunello di Montalcino appellation. Rarer yet, it is fermented with natural yeasts and completes its malolactic fermentation—that means no inoculation, low sulfur, and no sterile filtration. The result: a refreshing, mouth-filling rosato better suited to fine dining than poolside quaffing. The best pairing I know of, served on the Sestis’ shaded terrace on a warm summer evening, involved ultra-thin slices of beef carpaccio, shaved parmigiano, cracked pepper, a drizzle of Sesti olive oil (available in the shop), and an invigorating squeeze of lemon.
|Vineyard:||15 years, 3 ha total IGT|
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
Inspiring Thirst, page 236
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