La Boutanche Rose 2015, made from the oft reviled grolleau grape, is tart, crisp and has what seems a hint of effervescence when you first open it; this vanishes quickly. The finish has subtle hints of tannin and a little bitterness. It is an rose with a little more to it than the ones you down with two fists in the summertime. Part of me couldn't help thinking of a non-bubbly lambrusco. There is something floral and the fruit is bright, tart and summery (watermelon? strawberry?). But do not mistake this rose for a Provencal rose; as noted it is tart, mildly tannic and has a hint of bitterness.
This is a grape that at least four well-known wine writers have said should be torn up and replaced with cab franc. There are some great cab francs in the Loire Valley; why suggest getting rid of a lesser known, lesser grown grape? The only reason I can think of is that some experts think there should only be a handful of grapes grown and that grapes/wines that do not fit into some quite specific taste parameters have no value.
I do not concur (despite not being a renowned expert).
Not everything outside of Napa Cabs, Bordeaux-style blends or other classic French styles has no value. In the hands of interesting winemakers (or in certain areas) discounted grapes can thrive. I do not know what a red made from grolleau would taste like and there may be some truly foul roses from the grape out there but this wine is not one of them. It is a wonderful light to medium bodied rose that will please lovers of the standard rose fare but offers a little something different to wine lovers looking for new horizons can also enjoy.