2016 Domaine Costeplane Arboussède Languedoc Organic Rosé, France
Arboussède by Demeter-certified organic producer Domaine Costeplane is a blend of Syrah and Grenache made using the direct-pressing method and fermented by indigenous yeasts.
This organic rosé from Languedoc comes in an elegant pink salmon color of medium intensity, a little pale in a classic Southern French rosé style, but not much so.
The nose feels generous and fruity, filled with ripe notes of grapefruit and orange, raisin and strawberry. Add touches of vegetal character, such as acacia leaves and a hint of white pepper for more of a savory edge to the smell.
The palate is crisp with a good acidity, balanced by obvious residual sugars giving the wine a little sweet a sensation. Although overall it could be called a dry rosé, this residual sweetness underlines the producer’s intention to make a fruit-driven, approachable rosé to please most palates.
Bursting citrus flavors, as well as ripe red berries, tart cherry and raspberry, develop on the palate with touches of bitterness from velvety phenolics. While up to the mid-palate it’s all fruit and ripeness, the finish is slightly drying and savory balancing the whole and promising a food-friendly wine with a slight sweet edge.
A good pleasing, refreshing and fruity rosé, with enough dryness and savory feel to it to result appealing to both those in search for an easy fruit-driven pink wine AND those after a typical dry French summery wine.
As the cherry on the cake, it’s an organic wine!
More about this wine at costeplane.com