Henri Bourgeois 'Petit Bourgeois' Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Loire Valley - France
The wine's story
The small town of Chavignol is perhaps best known for its goats’ cheese (and if you ever get a chance to try it, it’s something you most certainly won’t regret doing!), but this part of rural Sancerre is also home to another source of supreme sensory delight: Domaine Henri Bourgeois, the latest incarnation of a classic French family winery which is currently in its 10th generation of quality vignerons, and which is probably at the peak of its powers right now. With a seriously impressive history of winemaking behind them, and the kind of experience, skills, and family secrets that most wineries would give an arm and a leg for, Domaine Henri Bourgeois is a powerhouse of flavour and character, and a winery which consistently impresses fans of traditional French wines.
By combining tradition with contemporary winemaking techniques, and by bringing centuries of knowledge of the Sancerre terroir into play, the team at Henri Bourgeois are able to select the very finest grapes for their bottles. Despite being such a considerable force in the region for so very long, current showrunner Jean-Marie Bourgeois is keen to show that Domaine Henri Bourgeois is still in the ascendency, and still very much evolving and changing with the times. Indeed, the number of hectares of prime Sancerre vineyards under the winery’s control has recently expanded to an impressive 65 hectares, meaning Domaine Henri Bourgeois has even more quality grapes to play with, and is able to up their production to impress and delight even more fans of their wonderful wine - something that can only be a good thing for all of us! The small town of Chavignol is perhaps best known for its goats’ cheese (and if you ever get a chance to try it, it’s something you most certainly won’t regret doing!), but this part of rural Sance... read more
Rosé is often seen as the ultimate picnic wine, and indeed it can easily fit this bill! We love the raspberry and cherry pip fruit of a great, easy-drinking rosé.
There's another style of rosé however, made in a more serious style, with the capacity to age and become a wine built for the dining table - spicy, with lots of earthiness and still that tinge of dried red fruit.
This is such a rosé.
Seriously savoury, partially from the age of the wine but also the style it is made in!
Made from old vine Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley, the main flavours here are of lightly dried red berries and plenty of dried leaves/undergrowth kind of thing.
There's cinnamon, pepper and a gentle chalkiness. Still very fine acidity, elegant and direct.
A serious rosé! Rosé is often seen as the ultimate picnic wine, and indeed it can easily fit this bill! We love the raspberry and cherry pip fruit of a great, easy-drinking rosé.
There's another style of rosé howev... read more
Cellar Period: 1-3 years - This wine is drinking fantastically now!
Alcohol Level: 12.50%