In the early days of autumn, while it was still warm and pleasant, I tasted this wine from the Var region in France, the rosé Papillon (which means butterfly in French). This wine is from Domaine Saint Mitre and it’s their Cuvée Papillon Rosé. Vintage 2018, screw cap, 13% vol.
50% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 20% Cinsault.
This one was (warmly) advised by the folks at my favorite wine joint, Stirling Fine Wines.
In glass it’s very pale pastel pink, no rim, no legs.
The nose is very fruity, strawberry and raspberry mainly, very pleasant. I could smell some citrus too and grass.
In mouth it’s a bit fizzy, citrus, very lemon and slightly grapefruit. It is also a bit herbal, raspberry and rose flower.
A slight bitterness in after mouth but refreshing and pleasant. Simply delicious ! Specially when considering it’s a lower appellation, being « only » a Vin de Pays.
After tasting I enjoyed it with pasta and stirred fried sweet peppers and onions.
As I mentioned it was advised by Stirling Fine Wines along with the Saint Mitre one (Côteaux Varois en Provence, slightly higher up in the appellation being an AOP), thanks to them, they know what they are talking about and what they are selling.