2020 Laurent Saillard La Valse Rose

Loire Valley, France

A dry Loire rose full of flavour and freshness.



Heartily delicious

Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

About the Wine

100% Pineau d’Aunis, this is quite a different take on French rose, it’s a slightly more savoury, natty take on the fruity and lean classic provincial style.

Direct pressed, Laurent chose a different approach with this wine, and boy oh boy, what a result. Just so fresh yet jam-packed full of flavour. Stone fruit, tart red things, and an ethereal light juicy character that makes it absolutely mouth-watering.

It's unfined and unfiltered, so there will be some harmless sediment in the bottle.

About Laurent Saillard

Beginning his wine like as a restaurateur, Laurent Saillard developed a love and appreciation for natural wines working in New York.

Returning to France he found himself in the Touraine sub-region of the Loire Valley. Working with Didier Barouillet & Catherine Roussel of the Clos Roche Blanche winery, he learned the art of lo-fi winemaking.

From 2012 he started his own project taking over a parcel of their vineyards, and in 2020 released his first Negoce wines, with organic fruit sourced from outside vineyards.

He makes pure, expressive wines of great joy.

Winemaker Laurent Saillard
Winemaker Laurent Saillard
Touraine, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

‘La Valse’ is made from direct pressed Pineau d'Aunis (extra than what Laurent could take for this years Scarlette) from 28 year old vines grown on clay and flint stones. All the grapes are direct pressed and fermentation takes place in stainless steel. This rose is dry and perfect for the spring time.

Blend : Pineau d'Aunis (100%)
ABV : 12%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Listening to the ferment
Listening to the ferment
Laurent in the winery, Touraine France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Pineau d’Aunis, usually a red wine, but here’s a solo rose off lower yields from 2020. Sour-sweet-bitter here, in the best way, and heartily delicious. Peach, pomegranate, watermelon juice, and the rind of that fruit. Great flavours, great freshness, great powdery texture, gently salty-savoury and pink grapefruit tang to finish. Oh yes." Mike Bennie (Wine Front)


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