IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Argiles' Rosé 2019
A new rosé wine from a three hundred year old estate. Who says there's no innovation in French winemaking? This hand-harvested, IGP Méditerranée rosé is just the thing to quench the thirst during a hot summer in the Vaucluse.
New to our list for 2020, from the dependable Domaine Saint Gayan - a crisp IGP rosé made from Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Cinsault that has an attractive salmon-pink colour and a generous weight of summer berry fruit. The Meffre family wanted to make a rosé to drink themselves: one that had real freshness. They chose a blend of Cinsault giving it heart, Grenache for its sweet fruit and Mourvèdre to give structure. They drink it as an aperitif with friends or with plats simples.
The Meffre family managed to acquire a few parcelles in the commune of Camaret-sur-Aygues in the mid-1990s and was re-planted with varieties likely to withstand increasing temperatures amid climate change. It’s a fairly exposed site with vines constantly buffeted by the Mistral winds. The soils have a large proportion of clay content which helps retain water in warmer months.
Serve with: Tomato salad, charcuterie or salmon.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Côtes du Rhône|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie|
|Cellarage||Best drunk within two years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested grapes. Gentle pressing and cool fermentation to preserve the aromatic fresh fruit flavours. Matured in vat and tank on the lees.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine Saint Gayan (Jean-Pierre Meffre)
The Meffres have been vignerons at Gigondas since the 17th Century and have played a key role in the success of the appellation. Roger Meffre (Jean-Pierre's father) was president of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Gigondas and was instrumental in winning Appellation Contrôllée status for Gigondas in 1971 and changing the law regarding the wine's Grenache content (raised from a maximum of 65% to 85% in 1985). The 33 hectare Domaine Saint Gayan, now run by Jean-Pierre, is one of the commune's finest estates and an important player in our portfolio.
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