Wine Review – 2008 Chateau Soucherie Rose de Loire, Loire Valley, France

Winery: Chateau SoucherieSoucherieFront

Bottling: 2008 Rose de Loire (Not sure..Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or a combination of the two)

Importer: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

Region: France

Sub-Region: Loire Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $15

Purchase Details: Purchased for $15 plus tax at Arlequin Wine Merchant in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

Tasting Notes: Pale salmon color hues.  On the nose, faint aromas of strawberries, roses and mineral.  On the palate, flavors hints of strawberries, lemon and citrus juices.  There’s a fair amount of acidity here that makes your mouth pucker and your face contort; in a good way of course.

SoucherieBackFood Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Light bodied and fairly austere, this is one to drink chilled and served with a ceviche, lomi salmon or shrimp from the barbie.

Winery & Other Background Information: The Tijou family that owns the domaine have been farmers in the region for 250 years.  The Soucherie estate itself was actually purchased by the Tijou family from the Marquis de Brissac in 1952.  Up until 1969 the domaine had been selling the majority of the wine produced to the negociant firm of Nicholas.  Currently the entire production of the estate is bottled at the domaine.

The estate also bottles 4 Coteaux du Layon labels and produces anywhere from 60,000 – 75,000 bottles annually.

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