Wine Of The Week – Domaine Michel Girard Sancerre Rose 2012

I know we’re moving into the colder months of the year, so most of us are automatically reaching for the more wintery reds out there… However, I’ve picked out a cracking Sancerre rosé for my Wine of the Week. I wanted to highlight that rosé wines shouldn’t be confined to the summer months and are suitable for consumption all year round. They are a great aperitif option and will partner a whole host of starters and lighter main courses, whatever the weather outside.

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The three chaps working this iconic Sancerre Domaine own some of the region’s very best vineyards. They work with 19 hectares spread out and planted on the three very distinct soil types of the region: one characterised by clay and limestone, another chalky-clay based, and soil that possesses a high flint content. The chaps harvest and ferment each plot separately and then judiciously blend in the cellar, ultimately to create wines that express the wonderful diversity of aromatics and flavours that each plot offers.

This 100% Pinot Noir rosé is superbly balanced, displaying fresh aromas of wild strawberries, creamy notes and the classic mineral undertones that typify the wines of Sancerre. The flavours on the palate are spectacular: elegance coupled with juicy red fruits, balancing acidity and a driving force of concentrated minerality.

Domaine Michel Girard Sancerre Rosé 2012 is the most perfect of aperitifs and will really wake up your palate before you get properly stuck into your meal.  Match with a starter of tomato, basil & mozzarella bruschetta, with a main of grilled white fish.

This wine will quash the common belief that rosé is only worth drinking during the summer!

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