L’Enfant Rebelle Rose is made from exactly the same high quality hand-picked grapes as the fantastic Enfant Rouge. The only difference is Antoine presses the grapes destined for rose the moment they reach the winery. He refers to it as a ‘back of the truck maceration’. This ensures that he can extract the minimum of tannin and colour, but maximum flavour from the grapes, accounting for the wines beautiful just pick colour and beautifully perfumed strawberry and cream nose. On tasting, we find a wine with layers of red fruits, creamy yet fresh with citrus acidity and cut. It shows pinot noir’s ability to be both concentrated, yet light and nimble, at the same time, and it is as refreshing as it is food friendly. This would be perfect with a goats cheese salad, or simple grilled chicken.
About the Domaine
This small domaine in the heart of Menetou-Salon was created in 2003 by Laurence and Géraud de Farge. Laurence’s father Bernard was involved in setting up the Menetou-Salon appellation in 1959 and her passion for this land is obvious. They are now in the process of handing over to their son, Antoine.
With just 10 hectares of vines they know every inch of their vineyards and harvest by hand, unusual in these parts. The soils, like Sancerre, are limestone and clay, ideally suited to both Sauvignon Blanc, which makes up 80% of their vines, and Pinot Noir. Yields and quality are controlled by de-budding and careful sorting prior to vinification.
Antoine de la Farge is an ambitious young man and a skilful wine maker. As well as taking over from his parents at Domaine de l’Ermitage in Menetou Salon he has developed a range of wines under his own name, designed to showcase the grapes and appellations of the Eastern Loire. These wines are produced on a small scale and with great care – Antoine works with growers his family have known for years, everything is picked by hand and fermentations happen naturally. The wines are made in stainless steel to emphasise their purity and freshness.