The La Jaglerie Rose’ D’Anjou 2016 is 80% Grolleau and 20% Cabernet Franc sourced from the Anjou AOP of the middle Loire Valley located south and west of Paris in France. The Loire Valley runs for 300 miles along the Loire River with vineyards along the hillsides on both sides of the river. The Anjou region, situated near the town of Angers, is in the middle section of the Loire growing region and is known for Rose’ D’Anjou and Cabernet D’Anjou (made from either Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc). The Grolleau grape is used mainly in the Loire Valley and almost exclusively in Rose’, it has fallen out of favor with vineyards and producers and Cabernet Franc has seen increased use in Rose’ D’Anjou. This is an off-dry wine meaning a little on the sweet side, but remember if the wine has a proper amount of acidity the result will be a more pronounced fruit flavor and not candy sweetness. The La Jaglerie Rose’ D’Anjou 2016 is made by one of the largest producers in the region and should be found thru-out the United States. The alcohol content is 11%.
The color is pink with a definite orange tint. The nose is cherry hard candy, Anjou pear (makes sense), blackberry cough drop, mineral water, and pink lemonade. This is a crisp, delicate, fruit-forward Rose’ with a nice slap of minerality. It tastes of ripe cherry, a hint of blood orange, sour cranberry and a supple streak of minerality. It doesn’t really have a mid-palate, the body of the wines runs straight thru till the finish. The finish is full and long.
The La Jaglerie Rose’ D’Anjou 2016 is a solid and tasty, if not particularly complex, Rose’. The French have a way of making stylish Rose’ and this Rose’ D’Anjou makes for an enjoyable patio or balcony sipper. As for pairings I think simply prepared seafood and pasta with white sauce would work. We have the summer wine, now all we need is the warm weather.