Surprisingly savory rosé.
Domaine des Hauts Baigneux “La Surprise,” Rosé is a blend of 70% Grolleau, 15% Gamay and 15% Côt from the Azay le Rideau region within the Touraine. The vines for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard called, “La Surprise,” quite possibly because of the surprisingly serious and striking wines that come from this place. The wine was raised for six months in stainless steel for added purity and depth of fruit.
- Nicolas Grobois and Phillip Mesnier purchased 12 hectares of vines in Azay-le-Rideau, a relatively unknown terroir due east of Chinon.
- Azay-le-Rideau once had quite the reputation for crafting Grolleau-based rosés, and the duo at Domaine des Hauts Baigneux have tried to revamp that reputation.
- The wines at Domaine des Hauts Baigneux are all vinified with natural yeasts and minimal intervention.
- Grolleau is a red grape that is indigenous to the Loire Valley, and the word is derived from the French word, “grolle,” meaning “crow.”