Chevalier Grolleau Rosé 2012
Wine: Éric Chevalier
Region: Touraine, Loire Valley
Éric Chevalier is a fourth-generation winemaker, farming 25 hectares of vineyard on his family's estate in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, not far inland from the Atlantic ocean. Much of his production is Muscadet from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, that wonderful briny white that loves raw oysters and unadorned steamed shrimp and shellfish. This pink is made from the grolleau grape, decreasingly popular among Loire growers and increasingly pulled up to be replaced with gamay and cabernet franc. Grolleau is a thin skinned, highly acidic grape, and thus the reason for it's near banishment from Loire vineland. But under Éric's care, it makes a beautifully elegant rosé quaffer, which happens to be one of my very favorite wines.
It's a wine for seafood, cheese and fatty charcuterie (as if there is any other kind), popcorn and patio drinking. Wish I had another bottle for tonight...
Éric Chevalier Grolleau Rosé 2012 exhibits subtle cherry and strawberry fruits, minerality with bright acidity. Excellent finish. Gently crushed grapes are fermented with natural yeasts and unfiltered, leaving all the best flavors in the bottle and the glass. Selfishly, I drank the entire bottle before capturing it's attractive pale pink hue, so you'll have to take my word on that one, or better yet, get your own bottle.