The year 2012 was not easy for Loire winemakers but miraculously Sancerre escaped the worst of the weather and produced balanced, tasty and extremely vibrant wines. Domaine Michel Thomas crafted a glorious rosé from berry scented Pinot Noir grapes.
Pinot Noir rosés are rare, even in France, where there are only a handful of AOC regions permitted to make them. Apart from Alsace, the rest are mainly in the Loire and include Sancerre, Reuilly and Menetou Salon. Domaine Michel Thomas is a very small, family run property of just 17 hectares in the commune of Sury en Vaux. Their wines consistently outperform their peers and have won over 45 awards in the last decade alone. 2012 was a testing vintage for the Loire, with Sancerre in the Central Vineyards faring well. Early picked Pinot Noir produced deliciously vibrant wines. Bursting with vivacious red fruit flavours in a most elegant style, this is wine for fine cuisine. Try lobster or crab, prawn risotto, seared tuna or roast chicken.