In a good large glass (and not too, too cold), the wine has a limpid, pale salmon color, with delicate gold highlights and flashes of bright coral. Queen Anne cherries, wild strawberries, orange blossoms, and bay leaf give way to a mix of fresh and preserved fruits, including red currants, white peaches, and salted melon, along with a fleeting suggestion of fresh butter, hazelnuts, and geranium leaves as the wine evolves in the glass. On the palate, the ripe stone fruit and red berry flavors are seasoned with mouthwatering pink sea salt minerality and muted suggestions of parsley, green mint, and ginger. Drink now–2027 (like fine Champagne Rosé, this one isn’t only for the summer after the harvest).
About this wine producer: If you can keep up with Dominique Roger on a brisk climb through his immaculate, steep vineyards, you’ll learn a lot more about wine, and maybe find that you suddenly care a lot more about who grows it and where it comes from than you ever did before. Dominique manages Domaine du Carrou in Bué, one of the 14 communes in the Centre-Val de Loire that is located in the Sancerre appellation. Since the 17th century, 8 generations of the Roger family have produced wines in the Bué area of Sancerre, which is known for exceptional terroir and producing complex wines. Today, the estate consists of 11 hectares (27 acres) of vineyards, with 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres) planted to Sauvignon Blanc and 3.5 hectares (9 acres) planted to Pinot Noir. In the vineyards, Dominique takes care to respect the environment when working the soil, and he skillfully prunes the vines to allow the grapes to reach optimum maturity. After hand-harvesting, Dominique and his workers select clusters one by one to further ensure grape quality. All of these practices reflect Dominique’s motto: “Pas de grand vin sans raisins d’excellence,” or “There are no great wines without excellent grapes."