Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Maulin Bèle' Rosé 2020
A beautiful pale (saignée) Sancerre Rosé wine made from pure Pinot Noir. It has a lovely, coral-pink robe, redcurrant aromas with zesty red berry palate with a fresh, clean finish making it perfect for consummate al fresco imbibing.
This Sancerre Rosé from Domaine André Vatan, called 'Maulin Bèle', is as bien classique as their 'Les Perriers' Sancerre Blanc. This wine has a lovely pale coral colour and the domaine's signature elegant, dry finish. The grape juice is given overnight skin contact after pressing which imparts a pretty coral-pink colour.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Sancerre|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Olives|
|Cellarage||This Sancerre Rosé is a wine best drunk within 2 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Takes place in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats after the grapes have been entirely de-stalked. The white grape juice rests overnight on the red grape skins, imparting a pale pink colour before the tank is 'bled' (hence the term saignée which is used for this method of rosé wine production) the following day. The wine undergoes a cool fermentation prior to fining, filtering and a spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine André Vatan
One of the grandest appellations of the Loire, Sancerre is a hill town poised on a block of limestone above the River Loire to the south-west of the city of Orléans.
The wines of Sancerre are largely well-recognised by consumers and is thus a regular feature on restaurant wine lists. Sadly, few restaurant goers will be au fait with the names of individual producers of Sancerre which is a pity as, although standards are generally high, offerings do vary considerably. The Vatans, however, have supplied excellent examples of Sancerre wines to Yapp Brothers for well over 30 years.
The family own 10 hectares of vines within the appellation of Sancerre and one hectare outside which is classified as a Vin de Pays du Cher. Nine-tenths of production is focused on Sauvignon Blanc, the remaining 10% on Pinot Noir, which yields a bright lively red and delicate coral coloured rosé.
André inherited his vines from his father Jean and has cautiously expanded the business and invested in sophisticated new equipment. He is ably assisted by his wife Arielle and has no shortage of heirs with his children Aimée, Adrian and Antoine!
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