NV Touraine Brut Rosé
Domaine d’Orfeuilles


Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow back on the 2nd of February, and though we’re a long, long, long way from western Pennsylvania, we’ve had a strong indicationthis past week that winter may indeed be ending. Not to get carried away now, it IS still February, but there are signs that spring is on its way. In anticipation, while enjoying the still-winter sunshine, it’s easy to daydream about some of spring’s pastimes. Being food and wine people, we enjoy our meals in all seasons, but spring seems to be the best season for the Sunday Brunch. As fun and delicious as brunch in the springtime sun can be, one can turn it up a notch with the simple addition of one thing:bubbles. How about pink bubbles? Even better. Just in from a recent container is a new batch of our favorite value sparkling Rosé, the Domaine d’Orfeuilles Touraine Brut Rosé.
Of course, the Touraine Brut Rosé is not just for Sunday brunch, but it sure does the trick. This cuvée is equal parts Côt (Malbec) and Cabernet Franc, with 20% Loire Valley’s Grolleau. Mmmmm. Just daydreaming about some brunch favorites … Huevos Rancheros, Corned Beef Hash with poached eggs,Dungeness Crab Benedicts (fingers crossed that we’ll get some soon), or fresh scones with fresh fruit. All of these would be complemented with a glass ofd’Orfeuille’s Touraine Brut Rosé. Its color is a remarkable subtle pink with salmon hues. While sparkling in the glass, it emits aromas of red berries, pink grapefruit, and apple blossoms. The palate is dry and crisp (it is Brut after all) as the hints of the white, pink, and red fruits provide fine layers of complexity. The finish is fresh and crisp, all in balance. It’s a great food wine – and I can make a case for pouring this with a nice salmon dinner, or better yet, fried chicken. Come to think of it, either of those would be fantastic! If you want to wait for supper to pop one, that’s fine. I just think that we’re entitled to one festive Sunday Brunch each spring, and considering place of origin, flavor profile, texture, and price, the Domaine d’Orfeuilles Brut Rosé belongs on that table!
I am so looking forward to that festive Sunday Brunch,whenever it may happen. In the meantime, with spring on the horizon, I am currently working on my favorite puzzle: my schedule for Primeurs week in Bordeaux. I will be off in a month’s time, along with the rest of the wine world, to check in on the 2015 vintage.I’m bracing myself for a lot of hype and unfortunately, rising prices. With that inevitability, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen, Pssst. Do you want very good quality Bordeaux for your cellar that’s priced right? 2014.Seriously, 2014 was a fine vintage with very fair pricingthat was boosted by a strong dollar. We don’t know what will happen with the currency situation, but knowing what we know, the Bordelais are very happy with their 2015 vintage. That usually results in higher prices, and when that happens, watch for the 2014’s to disappear. Quickly. My schedule in Bordeaux does not allow for the festive Sunday Brunch, so I must wait until my return for that. You can bet I will have a couple of bottles of theDomaine d’Orfeuilles Touraine Brut Rosé stashed away for the occasion. – Peter Zavialoff

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about sparkling Rosé, Sunday Brunch in springtime, the 2014 Bordeaux vintage, or the upcoming annual trip: peter@wineSF.com