Baron Touraine Rose 2016

Jean-Pierre and his son Samuel Baron own a 20 hectare family domaine in the village of Thesée on the right-bank of the Cher River. Beginning in 1946, Jean-Pierre’s father was among the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc grapes in this region which is now recognized as Appellation Touraine Controlée. Jean-Pierre Baron decided to leave the local co-op and begin estate bottling with the 1998 vintage and a new Loire star was born. Beginning with the 2010 growing season, Samuel initiated the transition of his estate to organic farming, or “Agriculture Biologique.”  The domaine will attain its certification in two years.

Samuel Baron’s Touraine Rosé comes from a one-hectare parcel of 35-year-old Cabernet Franc vines in the commune of Thésée with a clay-limestone-silex soil. Samuel uses about half of his Cabernet Franc production for his Rosé (the other half is blended with Côt for his Chenonceaux cru red). Baron destems and then directly presses the grapes. The juice is clarified by cooling. Fermentation, started with native yeasts, lasts for one month at low temperature in tanks. The young Rosé ages on its lees for 3 months without malolactic fermentation, to enhance freshness. In order to uses as little sulfur as possible, Baron fines with bentonite clay to remove any remaining proteins and then lightly filters his Rosé before bottling. About 200 cases are made. In 2016, Baron lost about 40% of his Cabernet Franc production due the late April frost. Fortunately, the weather was excellent from early July until harvest. He harvested the Cabernet Franc vineyard on October 13th, about 3 weeks later than usual. The Baron Rose is a fully flavored — red cherry and cranberry with notes of spice – and fresh Loire Rosé.

USD $14.99

Wine

Touraine

Cabernet Franc Rose

Jean Pierre Baron

 

750ml

2016

  • Cabernet Franc