Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pierre Breton La Ritournelle Rosé de Loire

Pierre Breton La Ritournelle Rosé de Loire 2011
Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Tonight I'm venturing into new, uncharted territory with my very first Pét-Nat! This category of pétillant naturel (naturally sparkling) wine is made by bottling unfinished, still fermenting wine. Then, as the wine finishes its fermentation, the bubbles produced (remember, the products of alcoholic fermentation are booze, carbon dioxide, and heat!) are captured and go into solution. As you can see, the yeast and other sediment is then collect at the bottom of the bottle. No filtration here!

This Pierre Breton Pét-Nat comes from the Anjou region of the Loire Valley. It's made entirely from hand harvested Cabernet Franc, using indigenous yeasts, and low levels of sulfur. I found this beauty at Astor Wines & Spirits in New York last year, where it came highly recommended. I wasn't sure what to think of the cloudy nature of the wine, but thought it would be worth the experiment!

Review: This wine is a slightly cloudy pink salmon color, with just a hint of spritz, and light aromas of earth and cranberry. On the palate La Ritournelle is slightly off dry, with a bright, fresh acidity. Savory flavors of earth, farmyard, and dried herbs dominate, with tart dried cherry and cranberry rounding out the palate. The finish is moderate, with the fruit emerging a bit more at the end.

Food Pairing: I paired with savory glass of goodness with spicy meatloaf. The acidity cuts through the richness, and the dried herbal note complements the spice and herbs in the loaf. Yum.

Bottom Line: This won't replace the other bubbles in my life, but I did enjoy!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Rosé d' Anjou AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Cabernet Franc
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink Now

Where did I get it? Astor Wines & Spirits
What's the damage? High Priced

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