Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wine of the Week: Paul Thomas Sancerre Rosé

This week's featured wine is an exceptional rosé from Paul Thomas in Chavignol. Lying on the left bank of the Loire, opposite Pouilly-Fumé, is Sancerre. Although this region is most known for its exquisite expression of Sauvignon Blanc, a small portion of the grapes grown here are Pinot Noir; and are used to make both red and rosé wines. Chavignol, one of three villages within the heart of Sancerre, has a unique soil composition comprised of "terres blanches" or white limestone soil mixed with gravel; both of which produce more aromatic wines. The Paul Thomas' Sancerre rosé is refined and delicate, with notes of light red fruit and a crisp minerality. This Sancerre rosé can be served as an aperitif, or with seafood and raw fish. For a more adventurous pairing, try it with a hearty summer paella recipe or ratatouille.

Just east of Sancerre is the village of Chavignol, home of Domaine Paul Thomas. It is a small estate on the slopes of the Les Mont Damnés, from which they produce beautiful wines from the deepest, purest outcropping of Kimmeridgean limestone in Chavignol. Domaine Paul Thomas is run by Raphael Thomas, son of Paul. Raphael originally intended to pursue a career in physics, but after his father tragically passed away at the end of the harvest in 2000, he made the decision to carry out his father’s legacy by returning to Chavignol and taking over management of the winery. From just six hectares of vines, Raphael produces 90,000 bottles. 75% of the total production is Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre) while the remaining 25% is Pinot Noir (either Sancerre Rouge or Rosé).


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