M. Plouzeau Chinon Rosé 2014
Wine: M. Plouzeau
Region: Chinon, Loire Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
I promise not to keep chattering on about my road trip like I've never been anywhere before, but I have to tell you about this gorgeous Chinon rosé I found in New Orleans. Marc Plouzeau is a new producer for me, though he and his father, Pierre, before him began turning the property into rockstar wine producing vineyards in 1989.
Marc took over the domain in '99 and completed the move to organic farming, maintaining multi-passes through the vineyard to coax out the best fruit, hand-harvesting, and then keeping a light touch in the winery with native yeasts fermentations, gravity fed transfers and, for the reds, maturation in large barrels. I'm dying to try the reds, but this rosé is the most interesting, most delicious pink I've yet had this summer. I also just discovered one of our Alabama distributors carries the wine. Yippee!
M. Plouzeau Chinon rosé 'Rive Gauche' 2014 is made from the cabernet franc grape in the Chinon AOC of the Loire Valley (yes, my obsession with the Loire continues). Gorgeous pink color with cherry and raspberry aromas on the nose, and on the palate, more raspberry fruit and herbal notes, hints of that lovely green pepper synonymous with cab franc, and a medium body with a succulence that makes you weak in the knees. Tremendous acidity and a long, luscious finish make me wish I'd bought a case of it. Vive Chinon! indeed!
I am in love with this rosé.