Domaine Laporte was founded in 1850 in the village of Saint-Satur. It was run until 1986 by René Laporte, who was the head of the Sancerre appellation for 20 years René was a pioneer in producing low-yield, high-quality Sancerre during a time of overproduction. A well-known winegrower from Chavignol, Henri Bourgeois purchased the domaine from René, keeping the old vineyard, cellar, and house – and maintaining the excellent reputation. Now under the watchful eyes of Henri’s two grandsons, Arnaud and Cedric Bourgeois, Domaine Laporte is one of the most highly respected estates in the Loire Valley. It holds more than 74 acres, and the flagship Sancerre comes from one of the finest vineyards in the appellation, Domaine du Rochoy, a 25-acre monopole vineyard carved out of the flint hillside overlooking the Loire River. Laporte is a certified organic producer. This rose is delicious as an aperitif and ideal with salads, barbecue, and eastern cuisine. The Pinot Noir grapes were hand picked and destemmed. After 24 hours of maceration, the vat was bled and the rosé underwent fermentation at temperatures ranging from 18° to 20°C (64 to 68°F) during 8 days. No malolactic fermentation was allowed, but the wine was left on its fine lees until bottling at the beginning of April.