Touraine Azay le Rideau Rosé La Surprise

Domaine des Hauts Baigneux

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Hauts Baigneux Touraine Azay le Rideau Rosé La Surprise
Type

Rose Wine

Appellation

Touraine Azay le Rideau

Variety

70% Grolleau
15% Gamay
15% Côt

After Bandol, Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley was the second rosé given AOC status in France in the 1930s. For tourists, it's famous for the beautiful Renaissance château, but for wine lovers, Azay-le-Rideau is known as the birth place of Grolleau, which was traditionally made into rosé. Hauts Baigneux's version comes from a single vineyard actually called "La Surprise," perhaps because of the surprisingly great wines that come from the parcel each year. It's a savory, food-friendly rosé with great depth.

Viticulture
Vineyard name

La Surprise

Soil type

Clay with limestone bedrock

Vine age25 years old average
Vineyard size4 ha
PruningGuyot Poulssard
Vinification

Direct press

Elevage6 months in stainless steel. Bottled in April.
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringUnfined / Filtration "sur terre blanche"
Additional info
Total production average10,000 bottles
UPC Code Bottle741718812904