I have been spending quite a lot of time tasting rosés recently. It is the season. The Comité des Vins du Languedoc organised a tasting of some 70 wines in their offices in Narbonne for me, and that was followed up by the delivery to my Languedoc home of about 90 samples of IGP Pays d’Oc, which took me a couple of weeks to taste through. Last bottle opened last Sunday. And needless I was very popular amongst the neighbours…….
So the two wines below are amongst my favourites from the Languedoc appellations. For more a more recommendations and a more comprehensive overview, please visit my blog: www.tastelanguedoc.blogspot.com
And an overview of the Pays d’Oc rosés will follow shortly.
Domaine Clavel, 2018 Pic St Loup, Mescladis – 9.60€
This is a blend of blend of 70% Syrah, 15% Grenache Noir and 15% Mourvèdre. The grapes are pressed immediately, without any further skins contact and the wine is kept on the fine lees in tank, which adds some extra weight. The colour is quite deep compared to some of the very pale, even anaemic rosés that are popular these days. There is rounded ripe fruit on both nose and palate. The palate is quite vinus with good weight in the mouth, making a very satisfying food rosé. Bring on the salade niçoise!
Domaine les Serrals, Faugères, Pimprenelle – 8.50€
This comes from one of the newer estates of Faugères. Frédéric Almazor and Chloé Barthet made their first wine in 2016. Pimprenelle is a flower that you often find in the vineyards. The blend is 40% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache with 20% Cinsaut; the Mourvèdre adds structure to the wine. It is a pale pink, with a light fresh nose, and quite crisp on the palate. There is fresh red fruit, balanced with good acidity, from the schist of Faugères, and a firm finish.
By Rosemary George