During a visit to Hearth and Hill restaurant in Park City my wife and I enjoyed a lovely bottle of French Rosé from their wine list. It was called Pierre Riffault Sancerre Les 7 Hommes ($26.47). While most of us are familiar with the white wines of France’s Sancerre region in the center of France, I’d never had Rosé from there and was eager to try it out. I wasn’t disappointed.
This Rosé is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir, from Sancerre vineyards located on the left bank of the Loire River. The soil there is “Les Caillotes” limestone which gives the wine a slightly mineral underpinning.
Pierre Riffault Sancerre Les 7 Hommes is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, so it’s very clean (no oak) and crisp tasting. Take a whiff of the wine in a glass and you’ll discover pleasing peach and apricot aromas, along with hints of tangerine. As I mentioned there are also flinty hints of minerality, which is quite common in Sancerre wines.
This Rosé is quite acidic (a good thing), which means it pairs nicely with a wide range of foods. We found it to be a good partner for Hearth and Hill dishes such as cornmeal-dusted calamari, spiced pecans, and their hot-and-spicy Korean fried chicken. It would be an excellent wine to feature at your Labor Day BBQ or picnic.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.