Wine of the Week: Jean-Marc Crochet, Sancerre AOC, Rose 2011

More and more people are trying rosé all year ’round, just like white wine. Rebecca Murphy starts the new year off with a rosé recommendation.

Source: Dallas Morning News
January 2, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy

Jean-Marc Crochet, Sancerre AOC, Rosé 2011

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What, a rosé in the middle of winter? Well, it’s not illegal to drink rosé in cold weather, especially one as serious and scrumptious as this. It’s made from pinot noir, and it has that grape’s lovely raspberry and cherry fruit, plus crisp acidity that makes it a great food wine. With a delicate salmon-pink color, distinctive aromas of berry fruit with chalky mineral notes, and a light body, it will make a fitting partner for a creamy cauliflower soup or a roast chicken with lemon.

Members of the Crochet family have been winegrowers in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley in central France since the 1600s. They grow sauvignon blanc for their white wine and pinot noir for their red and rosé wines. Jean-Marc and his son Mathieu are the current generations involved in the family business. They made less than 350 cases of this rosé and, only 10 percent was for export. We’re lucky to have it.

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