The first thing that struck us about Chateau Soucherie’s 2016 Rosé de Loire was its color: incredibly delicate and pale, hinting at a wine of total lightness and elegance. Indeed, Soucherie typically produces one of our most racy, evanescent rosés, and 2016 is no exception. Made from 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Gamay from a schist-dominated vineyard called “l’Astrée,” it is produced via direct pressing with no maceration–hence just the kiss of pale pink in its hue. The 2016 offers a digitally clear and pure nose, very cool in pitch and airy. The acidity is clean, ultra-bright, and mouthwatering, and the fruit is pleasantly juicy but restrained, showing Cabernet Franc varietal typicity but without any herbal or earthy smudginess. 2016 was an incredibly challenging vintage for Soucherie, with painfully reduced yields, but they managed to create a classic and beautifully balanced rosé.