Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2018
As well as the Clos Sainte Magdeleine blanc, François Sack's estate makes a spot of Cassis rosé from Provençal staples Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. This wine has delicate red berry aromas and a savoury, dry finish and it too has a definite affinity for seafood - lobster, langoustines or a simple dressed crab would suffice.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Provence, Cassis|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre|
|Cellarage||Best drunk within 2 - 3 years of bottling.|
|Vinification||Lowish yields of grapes are hand harvested, de-stalked and fermented in stainless steel before fining, filtration and bottling the following year.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Clos Sainte Magdeleine (François Sack)
A stunning fishing port on the Mediterranean, Cassis is home to 14 producers who cultivate 180 hectares of vines in an appellation which is gradually shrinking due to real estate encroachment. Clos Sainte Magdeleine has belonged to the family of Madame Sack (née Zafiropulo) since 1922 and the headquarters of this 20 hectare estate is an impressive art-deco mansion lying just below the Cap Canaille (France's tallest coastal cliff). François Sack and his son Jonathan (who is now President of AOC Cassis) are the first to admit their good fortune but still retain a sense of perspective, often being seen carrying out local deliveries by scooter which is the only way to access the crowded quayside in the summer season.
The vast majority of Cassis' production is consumed locally and out-of-doors but it would erroneous to assume that the wines of Cassis are simply for quaffing on holiday. The main emphasis here is on dry white wine of which Clos Sainte Magdeleine's is amongst the very best. This small, prestigious family-run estate also produces a fine and elegant rosé.
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