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Pascal Pibaleau Rosé

Pascal Pibaleau Rosé

Close to the town of Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley, Domaine Pibaleau sits nestled between two of the region’s historic Châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais. The 12 hectare Domaine Pibaleau has been family owned and operated since 1886. Here Chenin Blanc, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau are grown on organically farmed sandy-clay soil near the banks of the river L’Indre. Domaine Pibaleau has organic certification, and they work according to biodynamic principles.

Pascal Pibaleau’s rosé is made from 100% old vine Grolleau. This uncommon varietal is named for the French word for crow, a name that describes its characteristic black color. Even in the brief time that the wine is exposed to the grape skin when making a rosé, Grolleau’s dark skins impart a striking, deep ruby hue. With juicy red fruit and racy acidity, this wine pairs perfectly with the soft-ripened goat cheeses traditionally produced in the Loire region. Try it with a young, tangy Valençay to bring out a cherry fruitiness in the wine, or choose a stronger, aged Couronne de Touraine for a more complex, fascinating pairing. We also love this rosé with a simple Galet du Cher or Selles sur Cher and a drizzle of strong chestnut or buckwheat honey. Herbaceous notes and a zesty, mineral backbone also make this wine a great companion for charcuterie and grilled chicken or pork.

Although it is quite dry, the Grolleau is a mouth-filling delight of texture. It’s supremely thirst quenching and excellent for these muggy, stormy September nights. Serve this lovely rosé well-chilled and if it’s not too rainy sip it on your back porch or in a lawn chair!

 

Rory Stamp is a classroom instructor, Wine Buyer, and cheese monger at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge.

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Reuilly Rosé perfect for summer sipping!Reuilly is a wine growing appellation in the eastern Loire Valley, not far from Sancerre. The three main grapes grown there are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and a tiny amount of Pinot Gris (also known as Pinot Grigio). Pinot Gris is a sub-clone of Pinot Noir that has a very pale, blueish-grey skin. Much of the soil in Reuilly consists of Kimmeridgian marl, a type of limestone perfect for the production of aromatic, delicate wines.

Domaine de Reuilly is a 17 hectare organic estate in the heart of this commune. Denis Jamain’s grandfather first planted vines here in 1935, when he also purchased a small parcel in the local forest. Denis has been managing the estate since 1990 and has the luck of being able to select oak trees from his grandfather’s forest to be made into barrels for aging his own wines! (more…)

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Sainte-Maure Belgique

Sainte-Maure Belgique

There are a few things one learns pretty quickly as a cheesemonger. Among them are that brebis generally come from the Pyrenées and small-format goat cheeses are closely associated with the Loire Valley. Of course, there are exceptions but, as general rules, these guidelines have served me pretty well. (more…)

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Mosse MoussamoussettesOn a recent trip to New York, I was lucky enough to share a bottle of this lovely little Loire Valley wine with Brooke and Ayse from the Formaggio Kitchen Essex shop. I was immediately won over by its fruity aroma and delicate frothy fizz. Since this is a wine not normally brought into Massachusetts, I had to special order it from New York and our two cases just arrived today!

Made by Agnès et René Mosse on their 13ha farm in Anjou, this méthode ancestral* sparkler is made with organically farmed Gamay, Grolleau Gris and Grolleau Noir grapes from 25-30 year old vines. (more…)

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