Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue Rosé 2020
Jean Lacugue's scarlet-hued delight of a rosé is a complete contrast to the translucent pinks of present fashions. A blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvèdre made by the 'saignée' method, its fresh, dry, vibrant red berry fruit flavours and aromas make it very versatile and a terrific food wine.
On a buying trip in early 2022, Jean Lacugue brought out one of his wonderful surprises – a ruby-red rosé - what he called 'à l’ancienne' ('in the traditional style') - the opposite of a light-salmon 'vin clair'. He aims to produce a rosé that is true to its terroir - full of flavour and food-friendly. He favours it being weighty enough to drink in winter – what Jean calls a 'rosé d'hiver'. Grown on limestone-clay soils of the 'Chante Perdrix' and 'Camparas' lieu-dits across the 100 hectare estate of vines and olive trees.
It has an elegance, freshness and minerality with zingy acidity that balances the juicy sweetness of fresh redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries with a pink grapefruit tang on the finish.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Saint-Chinian|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Mushrooms, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink 2 to 5+ years after vintage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
One of our most exciting recent wine discoveries has been the Saint-Chinian made by Jean Lacugue at his Château Milhau-Lacugue, 12 kilometres West of Béziers, at Puisserguier. Jean has 60 hectares of vines which are south-east facing on limestone hills surrounded by olive groves. Terrific light levels and a long, sunny growing season ensure phenolic ripeness at the time of harvesting for this up-and-coming estate in a seriously underrated and therefore great value appellation.
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