Wine Advocate 90 points!
Volage is a single domain Crémant, produced at Domaine du Landreau in Val du Layon. Nestled in the Loire Valley, one of the most celebrated winemaking regions in France, the property boasts some of the best grapes in the region thanks to careful management and sustainable practices. The vineyard features mature Cabernet Franc vines that have produced exceptional grapes for many years with sustainable farming.
"The 12% alcohol NV Volage Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut Sauvage is a pale pink colored single-vineyard sparkling wine that is entirely based on low-yielding (40 hectoliters per hectare) Cabernet Franc vines averaging 25 years old, planted on sandy silt and loam soils in St Lambert du Lattay in the Layon Valley south of Angers. The new release (L18171PA, disgorged in June 2018) opens with a Champagne-like, brioche-scented and slightly spicy bouquet of delicate strawberry, lime zest, underwood and floral aromas intermingled with fine yeasty notes from three years of bottle aging. The palate is simply delicious in its lush and round but delicate and filigreed, fascinatingly complex and elegant character. Dosed with three grams as Brut Sauvage, this is a persistent, well-structured rosé to be served as an aperitif and/or with dishes such as tuna tartar, shrimp, any fish but also chicken and even salads. The finish leaves a beautiful yeastiness and oxidative kiss. Beautiful! Tasted in May 2019." Drink 2019-2024-Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 90 points!
The production of Volage is as meticulous as the growing of the delicate grapes that impart its unique flavor profile. To give the sparkling rosé a more complex flavor, it is aged for a full 3 years on lees (sedimentary yeast), longer than many Champagnes. The Sparkling Rosé is a Brut Sauvage with a dosage of 3g per liter, a drier, more drinkable wine, which makes it much more versatile for food and wine pairings.
Volage Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut shows fresh strawberry and floral notes with juicy raspberry on the palate. Elegant and refined, it offers tasty minerality and a tingly finish. Enjoy as an apéritif, with tuna tartare, shrimp cocktail, grilled swordfish, roast chicken, and grilled vegetables.