The non-vintage Bouvet Rosé Excellence is a sparkling wine from Bouvet-Ladubay, a Loire Valley producer. The wine is made completely from Cabernet Franc grapes, keeps alcohol reasonable at 12.5% abv and sells for around $17. Fermented in steel, this wine gets its second fermentation by the traditional method, in the bottle. It is imported in the U.S. by the reliable Kobrand Wines.
This salmon-pink Loire crèment is a bottle of pure pleasure. It has a great fruity nose, with a bit of toast in it. The palate offers a fabulous swath of cherries, strawberries and a hint of raspberries. The fruit is all on the ripe side, and the acidity is nothing short of a razor line. Great sipping, great pairing with just about anything.