Rosé is a very exciting category at the moment, and Provence is the world’s premier region for this increasingly popular wine style. Sometimes, though, it is hard to really get excited about rosé. It’s a style that’s easy to enjoy, for sure, especially in the right situation. But it doesn’t get wine geeks buzzing. I don’t know why this is.
Here’s an example of rosé as a fine wine. It’s made by Gassier, and the name comes from the height of the Sainte Victoire Mountain, which is 946 m high. This is a blend of white grape Rolle (aka Vermentino) with Syrah and Grenache grown at 330 m. Some oak is used in the elevage. It’s really fine – one of the best rosés I’ve had.
Château Gassier 946 Rosé 2014 Côtes de Provence Saint-Victoire, France
12% alcohol. Quite a full vivid pink colour. Nicely textured and generous with fine pear fruit as well as some red cherry notes. Real finesse here: quite silky but not sweet. Just lovely fruit with lots of layers and a long, pure finish. 93/100
UK agent is Enotria
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