50 Days of Rosé: Day 17

Most people, when they think of Sancerre, think of bracing, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, if they think of anything at all. But Sancerre grows a small amount of red wine as well, and the red grape they grow is Pinot Noir.

I happen to love Sancerre Rouge, but red wines made in this region tend to be on the tart side, so if you’re used to drinking riper, bolder Pinot Noirs from places like California, you might sip one and think, er, where’s the flavah? Why is this weird chick drinking battery acid?

However, the same qualities that make Sancerre a less than ideal place to make red wine (at least until climate change warms the region up even more than it already has), make it ideal for rosé. Most people want rose to be mouthwateringly tart, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from the classic Sancerre rosé from Henri Bourgeois:

Bottle: 4/5 – Classic and inoffensive, but not especially creative.

Color: 4.5/5 – Rosés made from Pinot Noir tend to have a more orangey, coppery hue, which can be really pretty, like this wine is!

Chugability: 4.5/5 – Elegant and refreshing, this has flavors like tart cherry and blood orange.

Price to Quality Ratio: 4/5 –  At about $20, this is a rosé to savor with fancier food.

Overall Score: 17/20. For a rosé that’s a bit different than the usual Grenache-based roses of Provence, but is still crisp and dry, it’s a great option.

Goes With: Fancy lunch food, like one of those salads with crispy goat cheese rounds, or tarragon chicken. The kind of food you’d eat with your mother-in-law. She’ll think you have great taste.

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