2016 Chateau Puech-Haut La Closerie du Pic Rosé Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc, France
This pink Pic Saint Loup wine by Chateau Puech-Haut is made from a blend Syrah and Grenache.
After hand-harvest and direct pressing of the grapes, the fermentation as well as the ageing was run in stainless still tank to preserve the entire freshness of the fruit character.
This Languedoc rosé from Pic Saint Loup comes in an elegant salmon color. A rather pale pink with both orange and gold hues make it look classy, in a typical Southern France rosé fashion.
The nose is also discrete and elegant, filled with aromas of blood orange and grapefruit. Yes, it is very citrusy, although notes of pomegranate, fresh strawberry and subtle honey add a sense of fruity/floral sweetness to the aromatic profile. There is definitely a clear floral edge, elderflower and lily.
On the palate, clearly this is a dry rosé, but it feels generous with an oily texture, a hint of sweetness to the finish, and a touch of velvety phenolics giving a smoothening sensation of silk.
Flavors are pure and vibrant, mainly fruity, like a fresh pear juice augmented by lemon and lime, grapefruit too. Indeed, stretching it a little as a comparison, this could be a fruit smoothie. The fruity notes feel so crisp, vibrant and lively that you do have the impression of being sipping a fresh fruit juice. A rare sensation tasting wine!
A very elegant rosé wine in all aspects. Its appearance makes it look refined and classy, while its smell and taste please your senses with the purity of their fruity expression, and the natural balance it offers.
A seamless balance of fruit, good acidity, and extremely subtle savory tones make for a rosé that feels sophisticated, in its simplicity. Rather outstandingly, it seems to deliver a clean and pure expression of the grapes in was made from, with the dry elegance and finesse only fine wine is capable of….