Terroir: Situated 125 miles south of Paris, the Sancerre landscape undulates at an altitude between 650 and 1,300 feet. The Loire River on the Eastern side of the hilly environment creates a relatively temperate microclimate for the wines. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé is sourced from different terroirs throughout the appellation including estate vineyards in the villages of Bué, Verdigny and St Gemme.
Vinification: The Sancerre Rosé is made with 100% Pinot Noir and is a blend of direct press and "saignée" production methods. Pascal Jolivet practices a minimalist winemaking style, allowing nature to take it's course. It is produced using exclusively native yeasts, and entirely in temperature stainless steel. All parcels are vinified separately until final blending and bottling.
The 2011 Sancerre Rosé is a pale salmon pink in color with a subtly nose of fresh berries. On the palate the wine is delicate and elegant with layers of herb, strawberry and a clean, crisp finish.
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"A light, stylish version, with bergamot, dried watermelon seed and tea notes that glide through a mineral-hued finish."
"This pale orange pinot noir is spicy and crisp, the tart cherry and apple skin flavors spiked by crisp acidity. For light white fish, like Dover sole."
"Beautifully balanced ros, offering aromas of fresh strawberry, light raspberry, and citrus, with soft spicy notes over a mineral base. Crisp and clean on the palate, with delicate red summer fruit, limestone, and a fresh finish. Mussels steamed in the classic French method."
Score: 88 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Light orange-pink. Musky, spice-accented aromas and flavors of redcurrant, cherry and rose pastille. Firm, even a bit ungiving, on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, with a sweet raspberry quality carrying through to the finish."
Score: 87 PointsSnooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
"Tight and dusty on the nose with a fairly floral character and only light suggestions of weedy red fruit. Light and fresh on the palate, this is relatively small-scaled but nicely textured with integrated acidity that keeps this fresh yet supple. The fruit shows notes of apple fruit with a wash of cherry and perhaps a suggestion of almond on the moderately long finish. A wine of contradictions, Id like a little more intensity here, but I could probably drink a bottle without realizing it."
"Sublime Pinot Noir purity shines through in this delicately colored ros. The intense fragrance of wild strawberries and red raspberries is marked by earth and mineral notes that echo in the crisp, elegant flavours of this beautifully crafted wine."
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