2016 Laurent Miquel Père et Fils Cinsault Syrah Rosé, Pays d’Oc IGP
This Rosé by Laurent Miquel is, as shown the label, is a blend of Cinsault (70% ) and Syrah (30%) grown on calcareous clay soils.
After night-time harvesting, direct pressing and fermentation at moderately low temperature (16-17°C), in was matured on lees in stainless steel tanks. Finally: fining and light filtration before bottling.
This Languedoc French rosé wine comes in a delicate salmon pink color, more with purple hues rather than the orange or onion peel ones, and slightly pale, making it look like it’s made in the typical Cotes de Provence style.
The nose though, is more intense and fruity than your average dry Provence rosé. Smelling it, it’s a burst of gooseberry and white pepper, some grapefruit and lime, and acidic red berries.
A little vegetal but literally bursting with aromas.
The palate confirms both the appearance and nose’s impressions: it is made in a crisp and refreshing style, pretty dry and zesty, yet with the flavor intensity and fruitiness you more often associate with sweeter rosé styles. The best of both worlds?
The finish is slightly saline, still crisp and zesty with delicately bitter phenolics that makes your mouth salivate.
A very food-friendly rosé thanks to its dryness and characterful finish, it is also enjoyable on its own thanks to its upfront fruitiness and citrusy personality.
Perfect as aperitif on appetizers, and with unpretentious entrée dishes. Drink now.