Coralie and Damien Delecheneau make a little bit of everything. With vineyards in the heart of Touraine, they have access to a head-spinning array of grape varieties planted in their sandstone scented vineyards. Their La Grange Tiphaine estate is a benchmark estate in the Loire, and their precise, curious approach to winemaking shows in the finely balanced, distinct, and dependably complex wines they make. The Tournage Riant rose cuvee shows off all this complexity with panache. A rare blend of Cot (Malbec) with Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau, this rose offers up a nose both bright and detailed, like a stained glass window on a sunny day. Grapefruit, tangerine, strawberry, Rainier cherry, and elderberry fruits come in incandescent waves, each dusted with a bit of fine white pepper. On the palate, this rose has well measured weight and a silky texture with a strong citrus accent. Crunchy red berries and the classic Loire note of white pepper follow along before a distinct earthy note, a waft of sandstone soil that builds on the finish. If anyone doubts that rose wine can match red for sheer depth and complexity, this blend from the Loire is a must try. For best results, don’t over-chill.
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