Domaine Paul Prieur Sancerre Rosé 2011
The most elegant style of Salmon pink wine with pure, stony Pinot Noir character and surprising length. Sancerre is most often known for it's white Sauvignon blanc wines, but the rose and reds from Pinot Noir are equally appealing.
The Prieur's have 20 hecatres of vineyards in total, 5 hectares are Pinot Noir. This vineyard lies at the bottom of the Mont Damnes slope on soils that have a higher clay content the those in the Sauvignon vineyards. This slope has a Southerly exposure and the vine rows are planted North to South, both contribute allow maximum exposure to the sun. Vines here are 35 to 50 years old and this age contributes more intensity of flavour.
This Pinot Noir is destemmed and then crushed in a cooled, gently rotating vaslin press, the juice is macerated with the skins for a short time to extract just the right level of delicate colour. From then on in, the wine is made as if it were white with a long cool fermentation in stainless steel using wild yeasts. No oak aging whatsoever, the wine is racked and gently fined before bottling.
Fully flavoured but refined fish dishes, grilled fish with pulses with meat flavours, cod wrapped in pancetta and white meats such as grilled pork, rose veal and perhap's even calf's liver