2018 Sérol Cabochard Côte Roannaise Rosé
Region: Côte Roannaise < Loire Valley < France
Grapes: Gamay Saint Romain
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic, under official biodynamic conversion; 20 to 80-year-old vines, rocky granitic soil; Saignée method, cold-settling to remove heavy lees before fermentation, partial malo; aged for 3 months in cement tank, light filtration (vegan), minimal added SO2 at bottling; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Robert Serol
This zippy rosé comes from the remote Côte Roannaise, one of the newest AOC zones located about 50km from Lyon in the Southern Loire, is sometimes considered the lost Cru of Beaujolais, with the main grape here being a unique clone of Gamay known locally as Gamay Saint Romain. Stephane Serol, the 5th generation winemaker and vigneron, has done much to bring attention to the region with his focus on organic farming (now in full Demeter biodynamic conversion) and old vine parcels, some about 80 years old, set on weathered granite soils.
We love us a good Gamay rosé, and this one delivers -- fresh, bone-dry, and energetic with a steely core, with tangy cherry, watermelon, racy citrus fruit, bright acidity and rocky minerality. Great value for biodynamic French wines, especially in these days of lingering tariffs...