Domaine Serge Laloue - Sancerre Rose 2011Loire
This small domaine is situated in Thauvenay where they have 15 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 5.5 hectares of Pinot Noir, of which 1.5 hectares is made into Rose. The vineyards are managed under the sustained agriculture method (lutte raisonnee). Vintage: 2008 Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir from a 1.5 hectare vineyard. Vines: Average age 14 years old. Soil: Chalky Winemaking: Careful mechanical harvest followed by selection of the grapes. Cold maceration for 24 hours, then fermentation in temperature controlled vats (16-19 Deg C). Once fermentation is over, the wine is left on its lees for 3-4 months.
Colour: Pale salmon.
Taste: A delicate nose of apricots and gooseberries which are joined by more complex notes of pepper and mint on the palate. The wine has a balanced and lingering finish.
Serve - At 10 - 12 Deg C as an aperitif or with cold cuts, barbecues or oriental cuisine.