2012 Val de Mer Bourgogne Rosé
La première presse
We love this wine! It is very rare to find a Rosé of Burgundy. Made from the Pinot Noir grape, this wine is absolutely divine.
Traditionally, Rosé is made as an afterthought by bleeding off the some of the juice from a red wine. In the case of this wonderful pink refresher, the grapes that are crushed for this wine are used only in the making of this wine. This is called first press.
This wine is delicious, with a soft feel that gently transports flavors all across the palate. A light bodied wine, it is also well-structured and rather complex - without taking itself too seriously. This is a fun wine that we recommend wholeheartedly.
Rose petal pink hues, with even coloration from heart to edge.
Lofty, delicate aromas of underripe mixed red and black berry fruit. As the wine warms, even slightly, it releases additional aromas of ripe pink grapefruit, rose petal, gentle geranium and a hint of flinty mineral.
Rainier cherry, young strawberry, red delicious apple, subtle raspberry, subtle Mirabelle (yellow) plum and a hint of fresh violet.
Dried (unsweetened) cranberry and dried violet that gently gives way to a lovely pomegranate white tea.
This is a very food-flexible wine that can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods. Enjoy with everything from a Thai green papaya salad to salmon burgers, cold poached salmon, or a fresh fruit and cheese plate.
What the Winery Says
From the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Think pink - a bumper crop of rosé this year” feature story
- 2012 Val de Mer Bourgogne Rosé (12.5% abv)
Pinks from Burgundy are rare outside the town of Irancy, but Chablis wunderkind Patrick Piuze devised one from 30-year-old vines near Tonnerre, just beyond the southern edge of Champagne. It combines the musky, berryish aspect that Pinot rosé can offer, with almost sweet, crowd-pleasing - yes, from Burgundy! - berry fruit.
About the Winery
From the Los Angeles Times, “Young négociant and winemaker Patrick Piuze, a French Canadian who stopped to work the harvest in Burgundy 11 years ago and basically never went home again. After studying winemaking in Beaune, he oversaw Maison Olivier Leflaive’s line of Chablis. Now he has his own project and makes a whole slew of classic grand cru and premier cru wines.”