Sancerre Rose 2016, Domaine Paul Prieur
Domaine Paul Prieur - Sancerre, Loire
This family has its roots firmly entrenched in Verdigny, a small satellite hamlet of Sancerre, the hilltop village that overlooks the vineyards after which the wines are named. The well-situated, sheltered slopes offer perfect conditions for the late-ripening Sauvignon Blanc grape, which is ideally suited to the limestone and marl soil.
The majority of wine produced is the white made from the Sauvignon Blanc, but the second grape variety, the red Pinot Noir, makes soft, supple delicate rosés and light, perfumed complex reds. This family-owned vineyard was recommended to us by a very friendly Master of Wine, who had tasted the family wines over a decade or so and had never been disappointed. We owe him a very big thank you, as do our customers who regularly return to restock their cupboards.