2016 Francois Crochet, Sancerre Rose, Loire Valley, France.
The delicately detailed, minerally fresh and utterly charming Crochet Sancerre Rose of Pinot Noir is a great and stylish summer wine, perfect for #nationalroseday and anytime. With the 2015 vintage in Sancerre offering power, concentration and exotic flavors, the 2016 vintage brings back the more subtle, lighter and elegant profile, it’s a lovely vintage to enjoy in it’s youth, it’s class and pleasing, and this wine highlights that classic nature and revels in it with vivid and pure flavors that give the terroir in full, but without being dull in anyway. Focused fruit, stony/earth and dusty spices shine in the Francois Crochet rose, it’s Pinot character in view from start to finish with sour cherry, strawberry, rosewater, minty herb, wet stone and liquid mineral all coming through in this brisk, vibrant and graceful dusty dry pink wine. The Sancerre Blanc 2016 is also a very easy to love effort from Francois Crochet, but the 2015 Francois Crochet Les Exils Sancerre Blanc takes things to a much higher level with racy acidity, deep, dense and thrillingly Sauvignon Blanc vitality, this is a producer to search out for soil expressive wines of refined class and distinction. I know I can make use for this Rose this summer and well into the fall, look for it!
($30 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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