2016 Château Saint-Cels Saint Chinian Rosé, Languedoc, France
This Saint-Chinian AOP rosé comes from vineyards on the hillsides of Languedoc, rising to 300 metres. Soils there are primary schists with sandstone on relatively acid base.
The Syrah and Grenache are made using the bleeding technique (saignée) while direct the Cinsault grapes are pressed directly.
The nose shines with plenty of fresh fruit aromas, pear, pomegranate, and blueberry. Hints of grapefruit citrus notes make it smell even fresher and zesty, Pleasing and tempting!
Put the wine in your mouth, and this dry rosé reveals itself to be a super-pungent flavor-bomb.
Your senses are captured by a big burst of blood orange flavors and blueberry notes, together with a powerful chili-like spiciness. The latter comes underlined by a punch of warming alcohol. The whole is explosive and strongly-scented, yet still feeling fresh thanks to the citrusy nature of the dominant flavors and concentrated zesty acidity.
A powerful rosé filled with all the goodness we love in a well-made French dry rosé, the freshness of the fruit characters with some spiciness and a hint of vegetal tones. But here, everything seems to be augmented by a big concentration, big flavors, dense acidity, round oily body, and a warm alcohol-lifted finish. A rosé for lovers of tasty ones, and to accompany tasty summery foods that need a solid wine to sustain strong flavors.
Languedoc Rosé Wines
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