2018 Marc Plouzeau Chateau de la Bonneliere Rive Gauche Rose - Chinon, Loire Valley, France
Situated on the gently sloping hillsides of the left bank of Vienne, Marc has been practicing organic farming since taking over from his father in 1999. The sandy, gravelly alluvial soils bring forth this stunningly bold and aromatic rose. Despite the classic, pale salmon color, this 100% Cabernet Franc rose is definitely not Provencal in style. The nose is fragrant with red currant and nectarine. The palate has a lovely mix of stone fruit and subtle red berries, with a mineral note on the finish. Pairs well with a roasted beet and goat cheese salad but has enough flavor to stand up to an orange marinated pork tenderloin.