ASV Wine Club: Wine of the Month!
Our first Wine of the Month is perfect for summertime in the south of France, and comes to us from our friends at Chêne Bleu.
2018 LE ROSÉ
Appellation: IGP VAUCLUSE
Producer: Chêne Bleu
Grapes: Grenache noir (62%), Syrah (16%), Cinsault (5%), Mourvèdre (8%), Rolle (9%)
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Residual sugar: 1.9 g/l
Farming: Certified organic
This vineyard sits at 550m (1800ft) in elevation high in the Dentelles de Montmirail in the shadow of the famous Mt. Ventoux in Provence, southern France. Growing grapes at such a high altitude in a region that gets so much sun in the summer produces grapes with pronounced opulent fruit that retain their exceptional acidity.
This award-winning rosé from Chêne Bleu is a blend of the typical Grenache and Syrah with slight additions of other varieties for color, acidity and balance. The strawberry, raspberry, pink grapefruit, dried limes and white pepper notes on both the nose and palate make this a very fine wine to enjoy during those hot summer months on the terrace. However, thanks to the barrel work here (approx. 3 months ageing in demi-muids [600l barrels] on around 30% of the production), this wine is highly concentrated in fruit and has a lovely rich texture that goes exceptionally well with food. So start with this with your aperitif, but then keep on it as you move to your starter and all the way through your meal (I’ve even served it with dessert!). Try pairing with roasted salmon in lemon and dill, grilled freshwater trout, spiced shellfish pasta, fresh goats cheese, smoked or dried meats or tender spring lamb. Also delicious with fresh strawberries and cream!
Serve slightly chilled (but not too cold), around 56-58°F. Or try ageing for up to 4 years for even more richness and food friendliness.