My exploration of rosés continue, this time with a large tasting of Pays d’Oc, from all over the Languedoc. What follows are a few highlights, but for the full tasting, please go to my blog: www.tastelanguedoc.blogspot.com
Gris, Question d’Equilibre 4.60€
From Les Coteaux du Pic, in other words, the very successful cooperative of St Mathieu-de-Tréviers in the appellation of Pic St Loup. A blend of 50% each of Grenache and Cinsault, picked at night so that cool grapes are pressed in the early morning. Very pale gris colour, as you would expect from the label. Fresh and delicate on the nose. An elegant palate, finely crafted with acidity and raspberry fruit. Lovely balance on the finish. And very good value.
There were a trio of wines from Domaine de la Provenquière, a 150-hectare estate in Capestang. I really enjoyed their…
Signature – 10.00€
A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache and unusually 20% Semillon, all fermented together. You can use white grapes for rosé provided they are fermented with the red grapes. Pale orange pink. Quite a ripe rounded nose, and on the palate, nicely vinous with some weight. Ripe fruit, strawberries, with balancing acidity on the finish. A food rosé.
The cooperative at Bessan, on the coastal plain, near Béziers, has a certain reputation for its rosés. This is just one. of their range:
Rosé à bicyclette 5.90€
50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Caladoc, which is a cross of Grenache Noir and Malbec. It comes from organic vines that belong to just one member of the cooperative and 2018 was the first vintage of this wine. The grapes were machine harvested at night. Light pink colour. Quite a firm nose; fresh and dry. There is some weight on the palate, with ripe strawberry fruit. Quite vinous with balancing acidity on the finish. Great value.