Christian Lauverjat Sancerre Rose 2019
Twenty-eight-year-old Pinot Noir vines produce these grapes destined to become red wine. The rosé is a result of the saignée method. The pink wine is taken from the Pinot Noir tanks 12-14 hours after they are filled. This concentrates the red wine and allows for this brilliant pale salmon rosé to be produced. After the wine is siphoned from the red tanks, it is vinified like white wine: slow fermentation at a low temperature followed by a spring bottling. The result is a delicate rose with attractive ripe red fruit and bracing acidity that makes for a refreshing aperitif. Pair it with goat cheese, paté, and cured meats. It also accompanies a richer fish, especially on the grill, including salmon and snapper seasoned liberally with dill, thyme, and citrus.
The Lauverjat family has grown grapes in the tiny village of Sury-en-Vaux for hundreds of years. Husband-and-wife team Christian and Karine Lauverjat have 12 hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Vines average 30 years of age, and over the years the Lauverjats have continued to migrate to environmentally friendly farming practices and now practice sustainable viticulture. They favor working the soil with natural methods, reducing chemical interventions.