• Anjou's Salted Cotton Candy:  Thibaud Boudignon Rosé de Loire

    Anjou's Salted Cotton Candy: Thibaud Boudignon Rosé de Loire

    If Thibaud Boudignon's Chenin Blancs are the lightning of Anjou, then his rosé of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau brings the thunder. But, this rosé's stainless steel elévage still caries that hallmark Boudignon verve that I crave And, the unusual melding of a cotton candy element with a healthy dose of sea salt make this 2018's most irresistible pink. With annual highs in San Diego often coming well into September, I thought today a great time to offer some discounting on this house rosé of mine.

    Today, I'm happy to offer the 2018 Thibaud Boudignon Rosé de Loire for $28 per bottle, with special pricing down to $24.99 on 4 bottles or more!

    Thibaud's is the prime example of how Cabernet Franc-based rosés of the Loire Valley can be true to the variety with dark fruit notes, but also find their footing thanks to crunchy, electric tones from a sense of minerality that I often find elusive for the category in these parts. The direct pressing of the grapes keeps this rosé ultra pale, making it as easy and enjoyable to drink as any pink. Provence sees the spotlight when rosé season begins, but no region in France delivers cool-fruit refreshment quite like the Loire can. 

    A June 2016 visit at his centuries old cellar just outside of Savennières impressed a lot upon me. No producer in the central Loire has shaken things up quite like Boudignon, as he's shifted the conversation on everything from aging vessels, to picking dates, to fermentation philosophy. In short, his rosé and Chenin Blancs re-define Anjou.


    Rosé de Loire - 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Grolleau from 37-yr-old vines on shallow grey schist, volcanic rhyolite, and sand. Native yeast fermented and aged in stainless steel. 

    Anjou Blanc - from 35-yr-old vines on shallow grey schist and sand. Aged in sized oak, 30% of which is new.

    Anjou Blanc "A François(e)" - a special selection of the Anjou parcels named for his late mother, Francoise.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen