Located in Saumur on the Loire River, Henry Varnay sits between the cities of Angers and Tours. The Rosé Sec NV from Varnay is a Charmat Method sparkling wine made from a vast majority of Gamay and Cabernet Franc, the Loire’s two most prominent red grapes. The remainder of the blend, some 15-20 percent, is a combination of Grenache, Syrah and Pineau d’Aunis.
Sourced from a variety of Loire Valley vineyards, the Varnay house looks for consistency from each vintage and achieves a bright red fruit sparkler with a hint of sweetness to play off the vibrant acidity that comes from younger vineyards and early picking.
Aged in the famous ready-made wine cellars of Tuffeau, Saumur's local calcareous rock, there are approximately 8,000 cases of this lovely off-dry Rosé produced each year.