Henri Bourgeois Chateaumeillant Rosé “Les Amphores”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- In the first and second century B.C., Chateaumeillant was a trading and transportation hub for wine because of its central location within France.
- The Gallo-Romans built warehouses to store “Amphoras” which were used to transport and age wines at the time.
- Recently, archaeological excavations have dug up hundreds of them and Bourgeois has named this wine as a tribute to the origin of Chateaumeillant.
Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay
Elaboration: A bled rose obtained by draining (bleeding) vats of Gamay juice after 48 hours of cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks (61 – 65 °F) followed by 3 – 4 months of maturation on its fine lees.
Tasting Notes: Floral and crushed red fruit aromas with a soft mouth feel. Slight spice on a dry finish.
For ten generations now the Bourgeois family has devoted its passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, becoming Sancerre’s most well-known producer. The company is now led by the current generation of the family – Jean-Marie and Remi Bourgeois. The winery and family base is the village of Chavignol, and Domaine holdings can be found on a mosaic of plots throughout Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir, whether we are talking Kimmeridgian marls, flint, or limestone clay soils. We see this expressed in a dizzying array of bottlings, many of which are amongst the most sought after of their kind in the Loire each year.