Henri Bourgeois Côteaux du Vendômois Rosé “Le Vert Galant”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The gentleman on the label is Henri the 4th, King of France. During the battle of the city of Vendomois, he fell in love with the local Pineau d’Aunis wine. The legend goes that he was also very romantic hence his nick-name “Le Vert Galant,” a very galant man indeed!
- Pineau d”Aunis is one of the oldest Loire Valley grape varietal, also known as “Black Chenin.”
- This indigenous varietal is a “very terroir-sensitive” that greatly reflects the vineyard soils and growing conditions that it experiences.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pineau d”Aunis
Elaboration: This rare grape variety is placed in vats for 36 hours maceration in order to obtain a desired color and a well-balanced wine. The fermentation temperature is maintained between 64-68 °F. This process is followed by aging in vats on fine lees for 4 months until bottling.
Tasting Notes: Light in color, with aromas of raspberry and strawberry mixed with white pepper spices.
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.