Domaine de la Bergerie MV 'Préambule' Cremant de Loire Rosé Brut Nature, Loire Valley, France
Domaine de la Bergerie MV Cremant de Loire Rosé, Loire Valley, France
Winemaker: Anne Guégniard
Variety: Cabernet Franc, Grolleau
Domaine de la Bergerie has been a family estate since 1964, first purchased by Marie-Scholastique Horeau and currently run by her grandson, Yves Guégniard, with his wife, Marie-Annick. The Domaine has always adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvest, strict sorting and separate vinification of each harvested parcel. Now, as Yves and Marie-Annick's daughter, Anne, begins to take the lead, the Domaine is converting to organic viniculture and exhibiting exciting new energy - and fascinating wines. The Domaine is in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the central Loire Valley. Encompassing a total of 89 acres, the vineyards are spread throughout multiple appellations, including Anjou (blanc and rouge), Savennières, Côteaux du Layon, and Quarts de Chaume. From soils of schist and clay, Chenin Blanc making up the majority of their vineyards, joined by other varietals, such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau.
At Domaine de la Bergerie, the entire operation is a family affair: Following stints with Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon, Anne's husband, David, has opened a beautiful restaurant on the property. His local cuisine is a lovely complement to the outstanding sparkling and still wines made here.
Terroir: argilo-schiste, south-southwest facing parcel located at Champ-sur-Layon.
Vinification: 1/3 of the grapes are cold-macerated for three days. Free-run juice and the pressed juice are vinified separately; the wines are tasted and monitored carefully and finally blended before bottling.
Aging: On its lees for up to 24 months in cellar.
Dosage: 0 g/l RS (brut nature)
Tasting Note: The nose is open, expressive, with aromas of small red fruits: currants, strawberries, raspberries. Fresh and delicious on the palate, underlined by a fine and delicate bubble.