In a nutshell: An elegant, refreshing and crisp Sancerre Rosé from the Loire Valley.
The lowdown: Based in the village of Verdigny near the hilltop town of Sancerre, André Dezat et Fils is one of the most highly regarded producers in the region. Their whites are outstanding, their reds multi-award winners. This stunning rose is from young Pinot Noir vines and is perhaps more similar to its siblings - the light reds of Sancerre, rather than the pale and watery or fruit bomb nature of some other roses. The vast majority of Sancerre is planted with Sauvignon Blanc however small amounts are planted with Pinot Noir, of which a small proportion is used to make high quality and serious rosés. This example is among the best.
When to drink: Deliciously light it's perfect for summer picnics and also goes well with fish dishes featuring salmon, or trout.
Over the last few decades the name André Dezat has become a byword for quality Sancerre. André himself took over the family vineyards in the late '40s to be joined by his sons Louis and Simon in the '70s and, in more recent years, by grandsons Arnoud and Firmin. In total they have around 20 hectares in Sancerre all of which are on excellent sites. This, along with newly modernized facilties at their winery and their keen eye for detail and quality has ensured that their wines continue to hold the reputation that André built for them. While mainly white wines are produced they also make excellent, and less commonly seen, reds and rosés. They also produce wines from the other other upper Loire appellations of Menetou Salon and from Domaine Thibault in Pouilly Fume.