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2019 Vin de France Rosé Grolleau/Cabernet Franc

Grange Saint-Sauveur

As a consultant for domaines around France and abroad, Antoine Pouponneau used his training in microbiology to make precise, balanced wines deeply rooted in their terroir. Biodynamic farming, working with native yeasts, and filtering as little as possible are all crucial tenets to his philosophy, and his judicious approach to these challenging exercises is undoubtedly responsible for the success he enjoyed in his consulting career.
     It is only normal, then, that Antoine and his wife, Alice, would apply these principles to their own wines now that they run their very own domaine. Producing a technique-driven rosé for the masses was absolutely out of the question. Instead they have created a wine from direct-press old-vine Grolleau and Cabernet Franc that is miles from the trendy salmon-colored pink wines being churned out to satisfy the market. No, this one is deep and vinous, reminiscent of herbs and tart berries, built around a mouth-watering core of northerly acidity and chalky minerals. It aged for 18 months in barrel before being released, and can stand to age longer yet.
     You’ll best appreciate this rosé cold but not too cold, out of large glasses (decanting it wouldn’t hurt, either), served with food. This is serious rosé, made by a connoisseur, for the connoisseur!

Anthony Lynch

Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grolleau Noir, Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Vin de France
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Grange Saint-Sauveur
Winemaker: Alice Gitton-Pouponneau and Antoine Pouponneau
Vineyard: 60 years old, 6.5 ha total
Soil: Clay, limestone
Aging: Élevage for 18 months on fine lees in 228-L barrels
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Loire

map of Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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