2015 Domaine Souviou Côtes de Provence Rosé, France
After manual harvest and cold-temperature fermentation, it was aged for 6 months in stainless steel tank.
So how good is 2015 Domaine Souviou Provence Rosé?
This Provence Rosé wine comes in a rather intense pink color, with marked orange hues. The whole is salmon orange-ish pink, but looks appetizing and gives the impression it’s going to be flavorsome, a bit like the anticipation looking at a pink grapefruit juice would provide. And it’s very shiny and bright.
The nose is indeed quite intense for a Provence rosé that can be discrete to smell at. This instead bursts with fruity aromas. The type of scents that’s powerful yet delicate: exuberant pomegranate, some citrus (grapefruit and zesty lemon). Yes, perhaps a bit of acidic blueberry.
Not the kind of fruit that says: ‘this is going to be sweet like a lolly’, more of a ‘this is going to be tasty and fruity but savory’.
But let’s find out what it actually tastes like!
Straight up, it’s dry indeed and with good acidity like you’d expect from a Provence.
Although the oily texture and rich body immediately fills up your palate as well, providing roundness, while warmth from the alcohol develops to the finish, and provides a sense of subtle sweetness. An overall very good balance.
More importantly, it’s literally bursting with intense spicy flavors of white pepper and acacia leaves, together with the fruit characters as describes on the nose of wood berries and citrus.
Quite a stunning explosion of flavors, great intensity underlined by some granulous tannins and a subtle green bitterness making you salivate on the finish.
A Rosé wine packed full with intense color, aromas and flavors, oily body, rich and somewhat-tannic texture that delivers a striking tasting experience from its sheer concentration and tastiness.
Taste it blind and you may actually think it’s a red wine, although probably fresher and more grapefruity than most reds.
Wine & Food Pairing?
Dry and opulent, it is great to sip on its own if you like flavorsome drinks, and you may find its bitterness or its warmth a little strong if you’re not into bitter foods or strong-alcohol wines.
But pair it with tasty entrées, antipasti, grilled or pesto-like kind of dishes (the very tasty, if not spicy kind) and it will sustain and amplify the power of the food for what should be stunner pairing.