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If Thibaud Boudignon's Chenin Blancs are the lightning of Anjou, then his rosé of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau brings the thunder. This rosé's stainless steel elévage still carries 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 2019's most irresistible pink.
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 and fermentation philosophy. In short, his rosé and Chenin Blancs re-define Anjou.
Thibaud is the prime example of how Cabernet Franc-based rosés of the Loire Valley can be true to the variety with dark fruit notes and 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 grapes' direct pressing 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 as the Loire can.
Wine Information: 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.
|Grape Variety||Cabernet Franc|