Isabelle and Pierre Clement Menetou Salon Rose 2015 Front Label
Isabelle and Pierre Clement Menetou Salon Rose 2015 Front Label

Isabelle and Pierre Clement Menetou Salon Rose 2015

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    Light pink color, extraordinary aromatic character and, mineral inflected strawberry, cherry and pomegranate pure Pinot Noir fruit. On the palate, the sensation is at once rich, expressive and very fresh.

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    Menetou-Salon is the name of a quaint country village about 20 minutes southwest of Sancerre. The production is 80% white wine from Sauvignon Blanc and 20% red, from Pinot Noir. Since Menetou-Salon is on the same side of the Loire River as its more famous neighbor Sancerre, it shares same fossil rich soils (called Kimmeridgian limestone) yet gives a wine with its own unique personality. Isabelle and Pierre Clement is owned by Pierre Clement, whose family have been winegrowers here since 1560 (14 generations) and who own some of the finest hillside vineyards in the appellation.
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    Praised for its stately Renaissance-era chateaux, the picturesque Loire valley produces pleasant wines of just about every style. Just south of Paris, the appellation lies along the river of the same name and stretches from the Atlantic coast to the center of France.

    The Loire can be divided into three main growing areas, from west to east: the Lower Loire, Middle Loire, and Upper/Central Loire. The Pay Nantais region of the Lower Loire—farthest west and closest to the Atlantic—has a maritime climate and focuses on the Melon de Bourgogne variety, which makes refreshing, crisp, aromatic whites.

    The Middle Loire contains Anjou, Saumur and Touraine. In Anjou, Chenin Blanc produces some of, if not the most, outstanding dry and sweet wines with a sleek, mineral edge and characteristics of crisp apple, pear and honeysuckle. Cabernet Franc dominates red and rosé production here, supported often by Grolleau and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sparkling Crémant de Loire is a specialty of Saumur. Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are common in Touraine as well, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay and Malbec (known locally as Côt).

    The Upper Loire, with a warm, continental climate, is Sauvignon Blanc country, home to the world-renowned appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Pinot Noir and Gamay produce bright, easy-drinking red wines here.

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    Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.

    HNYCNYROE15C_2015 Item# 155870

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