The Bourgueil Rosé, as always, is 100% Cabernet Franc, produced via equal parts direct press and saignée. In 2016, James Petit suffered shocking losses due to the severe April frost. Production is down about 85%, but fortunately he was able to reserve roughly the same amount of rosé for us that we typically receive (the 200 cases we are getting are basically his whole production for the year). Significantly lower yields and a good fall weather ensured a strong harvest for the grapes that remained.
The lightly colored rosé has a salmon and copper tint to the fruit. The aromas lean mineral with a cranberry tartness and slight smoky spice. Concentrated and firm, it carries 12.4% alcohol and presents bone dry.