2020-C Saint Roch Les Vignes Rose, Cotes de Provence AOP, France (750ml)
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A Seasonal Rosé Club Selection
Saint Roch les Vignes is not an individual domaine, but rather a modern production facility in Cuers serving most of the family winegrowers in that small hillside village. Built in 1911 with the combined effort and assets of 143 growers, the winery was upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment in recent years and now handles vinification for more than 200 local vignerons.
The wines of Saint Roch are held to a higher standard than normal French cooperative wineries, as growers must not only adhere to Appellation Contrôlée laws, but also meet the quality standards of the Maîtres Vignerons de Saint Tropez, who oversee Saint Roch’s international sales and marketing. This group consists of seven highly-regarded, limited production Côtes de Provence domaines headed by Edgar Pascaud, proprietor and director of Château de Pampelonne.
This blend of Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) was crafted from direct pneumatic press juice after maceration on skins to attain the signature pale pink color typical of Provence rosé. Fermentation with selected yeast took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation. Brief élevage on the lees before being filtered and bottled in January 2021.
Pale salmon hue. Delicate red fruit and floral aromas. The palate is lively, showing tart apricot, strawberry and underripe papaya. The finish is crisp and refreshing with juicy, mouthwatering acidity. The perfect summer wine to share in the shade.