Another rosé from France, not a from Provence this time but from Languedoc, which had a very bad reputation back in the day and came a long way.
It’s a blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault in the protected appellation Languedoc, 13% vol. The bottle has a glass cap and a fancy shape with a carved rose base. Definitely a bottle to keep once the wine is finished.
The photos don’t do it justice but the wine is very pale in the bottle, like a gris, pinkish and slightly orange. It’s super pale, almost yellow, in the glass — it looks like a white wine.
Nose of grapefruit and little red fruits like strawberries but the citrus notes, mainly grapefruit, are prominent.
In mouth it feels very fresh on the palate, grapefruit again but not bitter and not agressive, rather the refreshing notes of the grapefruit. It is slightly fizzy also. Then come some yellow fruits actually rather than red fruits : apricot, nectarine, even pear, then citrus and grapefruit again in middle mouth. The after taste is mineral. This wine would pair perfectly with shellfish and all sea related food, shrimps and even lobster, like a white wine to which it is rather close by look and taste.
A nice and elegant bitterness after the mineral notes, which makes it very refreshing. On a hot day it would be a very easy drinking wine.
It is very different from the Provence rosés I am used to drink or the California rosés I have started to enjoy, all of which being more on the strawberry / blueberry / red fruit notes : on the opposite this wine has almost a white wine feeling. Maybe because it is not a Provence wine even though it is a southern wine. I didn’t know what to expect from a Languedoc rosé actually but I am not disappointed. This wine was highly recommended by the associate at Stirling Fine Wines where I bought it and where I buy almost all of my wines : it was warmly advised one day I was stoking up on various rosé wines for the warmer days. The associate even told me it was the best of the rosés I could find in that price range, no matter from what part of the world or from what region — from all the rosés in general.
In short it’s a very delicate and elegant wine that is even suitable for some more sophisticated seafood meals in lieu of white wine. Above the usual rosé food it can accommodate a fancy dinner. As the bottle itself is fancy too, with its shape, the glass cap, the carved rose at the base, it looks like a carafe thus would pair well with a fancy table set and make quite an impression to your guests.
A little on the pricey side (16 / 17 dollars a bottle) but totally worth it. Simply delicious !