My first discovery of Pascal Jolivet wine was in Paris for my Mom’s 60th birthday. We had their lovely Sancerre Blanc at Brasserie Bofinger (5-7 rue de la Bastille), Paris’ oldest brasserie since 1864. And since, I order it whenever I can.

Last summer, I saw online they make a Sancerre Rosé. As a Rosé lover, I had to try it. For some reason it eluded me until a few weeks ago finally turning up at Cork & Fork in Washington, DC.

Provence is the most commonly thought of Rosé producer in France, but being Sancerre and Pascal Jolivet, this comes from the Loire Valley.

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2011

  • Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Aroma:Bright red fruit with floral notes
  • Taste: Soft cherry and dry notes
  • Price: $25
  • My thoughts: I must say after all the searching for this wine it didn’t quite live up to my expectations especially for the price. It was overall soft and dry without much oomph. Having said that my friends and I enjoyed the bottle as an aperitif on a hot day.

I would highly recommend Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc. It’s a gem and worth the price (usually $12-$15)! With vineyards in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, they are one of the youngest wineries in the Loire Valley. They make many different wine labels under the Pascal Jolivet brand. Next I need to try their Pouilly-Fume.