La Vignette Rosé, Touraine
This rosé (70% Gamay, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec) is a blend assembled by Thierry Delaunay from his cuvées that best express the qualities of the different terroirs of the region. The grapes were directly pressed after harvest, vinified in stainless steel and aged on the lees for three months before bottling. Brilliant, salmon pink hue. Enticing aromas of red currants, strawberries and raspberries. Well balanced, with flavors of apricot, white raspberry and underripe strawberry; the finish is long, juicy and graceful.
Although established in 1965, this domaine has been in the hands of the Delaunay family for ﬁve generations, with Thierry Delaunay only recently taking over from his father Joël. The estate covers 21 hectares on the banks of the Cher in the appellation of Touraine in the Loire Valley. The ﬁrst wines from the Domaine were bottled in 1971, and today all wines are produced and bottled on site. The combination of clay and ﬂint soils, known locally as “perruches”, permit a diverse range of grapes to grow successfully in this region. The Delaunays, however, choose to only grow the grape varieties historically associated with the appellation. Their wines have steadily gained a reputation both in France and abroad as exceptionally well-crafted, modern-styled expressions of Touraine wines. As demand has grown for his wines both inside France and abroad, Thierry has begun sourcing grapes not only from his own vineyards but from local growers as well. The La Vignette Touraine Rosé offers exceptional value in a charming, refreshing, classic Loire Valley style.