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Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Rosé

$32.00

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Vintage: 2023
Region: Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Pinot Noir

Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Rosé is made from 100% organic Pinot Noir grown on a mixture of Kimmeridgian marl and flint soils. Aromatic and bright, with red berry and strawberry fruit, citrus zest, and a mineral finish.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Not Natty

FRUIT

Red Berries, Strawberry

BODY

Light-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

12-13%

SWEETNESS

Fruity & Dry

SERVING TEMP

Chilled Whites and Rosés (48°–52°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Rosé

Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Rosé is made from 100% organic Pinot Noir grown on a mixture of Kimmeridgian marl and flint soils. Aromatic and bright, with red berry and strawberry fruit, citrus zest, and a mineral finish. Perfect for poolside and light meals.

About Domaine Bernard Fleuriet

Since 1991, the Domaine Fleuriet has developed its own vineyards on 20 ha of sloping and fallow land belonging to the Sancerre appellation. The estate is representative of the typicity and diversity of the Sancerre region and the vines are present on the three great Sancerre terroirs (flint, caillottes and white earth). Sensitive to environmental concerns and a passion for quality, the Domaine no longer use weed killers on the farm and has been cultivating its vineyards organically since 2013 and certified organic in 2016.

About Sancerre

Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. It is also known for its high-quality goat cheeses, which are an excellent match for the local wine. The vineyards here surround the eponymous town, which sits atop a bean-shaped hill overlooking the river Loire. It is only since the mid-20th Century, and the creation of a protected Sancerre appellation, that “Sancerre” has been so strongly associated with white wines.

Prior to this, the district was better known for its light-bodied reds. Until phylloxera wiped out vast tracts of vineyard in the 1860s, the vineyards here were planted mostly with Gamay and Pinot Noir. White wines were in the minority and were made not from Sauvignon but from Chasselas. When the solution to the phylloxera epidemic was identified (grafting European vines onto American rootstocks) Sauvignon Blanc vines proved more responsive than these other varieties. Thus, Sauvignon came to be Sancerre’s most widely planted variety – a development without which the district and its wines would probably not be as famous as they currently are.

Today, small quantities of Chasselas are still grown in the area, mostly on the opposite side of the Loire, around Pouilly-sur-Loire and red Sancerre Rouge – made exclusively from Pinot Noir – accounts for less than 20 percent of the district’s annual production.

The Sancerre viticultural area covers a 15-mile stretch of rolling hills on the west bank of the Loire. Roughly 6970 acres (2820ha) of vines are now devoted to producing the appellation’s wines, almost double the acreage when the Sancerre appellation was created in November 1936.

Sancerre is located at the very eastern edge of Loire Valley’s main vineyard area, hundreds of miles from the region’s westernmost vineyards. Vineyards are found mostly planted on the hills with a favorable south facing slope to increase sun exposure at altitudes between 200 to 400 meters (655 to 1310 feet) above sea level.

It is in fact closer to the Côte d’Or in Burgundy than to the Loire’s other key wine districts, Anjou and Touraine. Just 50 miles away lies Burgundy’s northernmost district, Chablis, whose famous Kimmeridgian soils are also a feature of the terroir here in Sancerre, particularly around the village of Chavignol.

Relatedly, soil types are a point of pride for Sancerre’s winegrowers. They are divided clearly into three main types: chalk, limestone-gravel and silex (flint). The latter is often given credit for the distinctive, smoky pierre à fusil (gunflint) aroma found in some Sauvignon from this part of the Loire Valley. The aroma is clear in some Sancerre wines – most obviously those from the eastern vineyards closer to the Loire. It is the reason behind Sauvignon’s traditional pseudonym Blanc Fumé – which survives in the name of Sancerre’s neighbor and rival, Pouilly-Fumé.