Faugères: Château Estanilles 'Vallongue' Rosé 2021
Julien Seydoux's distinctive rosé follows the success of his white and red 'Vallongue' bottlings. Named after the stream that runs alongside the vines, this organic wine is based on classic Grenache Noir, the foundation for most southern French rosé with one third Mourvèdre and the remainder Syrah. Lightly salmon-pick in hue, aromatic and floral on the nose with fresh and lively berry fruit flavours underscored by a wonderful minerality that is backed up by supple spice and a lingering citrus finish. Certified organic.
Grown entirely on schist soils, this 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah is an ideal aperitif or partner for seafood ceviche, tomato and olive-based dishes or spicy saffron-infused paella.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Faugères|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Olives, Pasta, Salads, Seafood|
|Cellarage||Drink in the first 2 to 3 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested biodynamically and organically-farmed fruit is picked at its optimum maturity before hand-sorting, traditional whole-bunch fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and cold-stablisation. Matured on the fine lees for 6 months.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Julien Seydoux - Château des Estanilles
Former stock-broker Julien Seydoux bought the highly-regarded 35 hectare Château des Estanilles in 2009 from pioneering veteran Michel Louison, who had done much to establish Faugères' reputation as serious wine country since moving to the region in 1976. Julien is a man with a mission (and one senses the requisite funding) to produce the best wines that he possibly can from the sun-kissed, iron-rich soil surrounding the commune of Lenthéric, 20 kilometres north of Béziers. Julien has plenty of ideas about what should be done here and he is fast setting about putting them into action. His cellar hygiene is scrupulous (as he is keen to avoid problems with brettanomyces), he is deploying minimal sulphites (25-30milligrams per litre), introducing organic composts, pruning more selectively, rigorously rejecting any substandard fruit and investing in larger, new oak demi-muids and vats. From the 2010 vintage onwards, all of the Château des Estanilles wines have been certified as organic.
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