2016 Rosé Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte
A pale dry Pinot Noir rosé from the Loire Valley. Nearly as pale as the palest Provence rosé, but with a bolder redder tinge. Really clean and dry with more mineral drive and pert structure, and strawberry and redcurrant characters leading to a clean crisp finish. Great aperitif, perfect drinking in a balmy Summer's garden, but with its touch more structure the Sancerre Rosé accompanies light suppers, salads or soft cheeses with some elegance. L&S (Apr 2018)
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Limpid orange-pink. Fresh red berries, pink grapefruit and white flowers on the mineral-accented nose and in the mouth. Shows good clarity and slowly puts on weight with air. A nervy, lithe rose that delivers solid finishing thrust and repeating floral and mineral qualities. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 89-89 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Jun 2017)
Domaine Vincent Delaporte
Patrick and I first visited Vincent Delaporte in 1986, a memorable end to a long day, we finished by tasting older and older red and white Sancerres. His wines were in Steven Spurrier's selection for the Caves de la Madeleine, where I had worked several years earlier, and the London end of which Patrick was running at the time. They have featured in the Lea & Sandeman selection since our very first list. The domaine passed to Vincent's son Jean-Yves and his wife Nathalie, and now their son Mathieu has joined them, after a 'stage' at L&S in the summer of 2012, and taken over the winemaking role. They have recently incorporated the vines of Mathieu's uncle, giving them two new jewels in the crown, decent holdings in the Monts Damnés (white) and Cul de Beaujeu (red). CAL
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