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2021 Sophie Bertin ‘La Côte Blanche’ Sancerre Rosé: Loire Valley, France


Tasting Notes

A beautiful rosé that comes from the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley. It shows with  a slight salmon color, which is traditional for old-world rosés. The wine starts fresh, fruity, and delicate the nose. Once the wine touch the palate, it greets you with a full and round character. Notes of peach and gooseberry provide a “perceivable sweetness” from its ripeness, giving this wine that feel dense and powerful flavor profile. This wine is great with summer dishes, grilled meats, salads, and the perfect picnic wine. It is also a good partner for Asiatic cuisine and spicy dishes.

Winery Details

Domaine Eric Louis traces its roots back to 1860, when Eric’s great-great-grandmother Pauline sold her wines at the local markets. Eric, a 4th generation grape grower, is a serious farmer in the commune of Thauvenay, which rises in altitude from about 150 to 300 meters above sea level and above the banks of the Loire. Eric creates lovely, serious, “real” wines from low yielding vines planted in the flint, chalk, and clay soils of the commune. Though not certified, his 18 hectares of vines are tended organically, grass is allowed to grow between the rows to hold the soil and to preserve the water, and the lunar calendar is carefully observed for the best times to perform important viticultural and oenological functions.

Most of the vineyards are around the village of Thauvenay, though there is a small production from the vineyards in neighboring Pouilly-Fumé and Quincy. Annual production is around 75,000 bottles of Sancerre Blanc, Rosé, and Rouge.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Domaine Eric Louis - Sophie Bertin

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Style: Rosé, dry

Origin: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

Vinification: Organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested at night to concentrate the aromas. The grapes are then direct pressed for a short-term maceration and then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Clarified by cold static settling, no fining or filtering. No SO2 added.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel tanks

% ABV: 12.5%