An Unexpected Rosé

If you’ve been following my wino journey, then you know that I am a big fan of Rosé. With Miami’s hot and humid climate, it’s the perfect everyday sipper. I recently decided to branch out from my usual Côtes de Provence Rosés and grabbed a bottle of 2017 Bougrier Pure Loire Rosé d’Anjou.

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In Loire, France, Famille Bougrier was founded in 1885 by Achille Guenault-Cousin. His passion for the terroir led him to create “Domaine Guenault.” Noël Bougrier, a fifth-generation family member, took it took the next level by setting up three wineries across Loire Vallery, to create a variety of wine: Les Caves de la Tourangelle in Touraine, Les Caves de L’Angevine in Anjou-Saumur, and Les Caves de la Nantaise in the Muscadet. Six generations and 130 years later, this family’s house covers the entire Loire Vallery, from Nantes to Sancerre, with more than 247 acres and two Domaines.

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The Rosé is made with a blend of Gamay and Grolleau. It was very pink in color, almost candy-looking, and was light on the nose and crisp. As soon as I took a sip, I was hit with a ton of flavor. It was juicy and ripe, with pink Jolly Rancher vibes. It was very berry forward, especially strawberry, with zesty undertones. It was fruity and a bit sweet, but the acidity helped it not be overly sugary sweet. If you know me, I’m not about the sweet life (I like dry, dry, dry), but this had just enough to make things interesting. You can find it at Total Wine for $14.99. I paired it with Chicken Tikka Masala, but I was enjoying it just fine on its own. It was a completely unexpected wine find! 3.5/5.

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