Vignerons du Castelas, Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2011
Tasting Notes : Color of pink salmon, which is more the color of a rosé we are accustomed to drinking in the U.S. and Canada, rather than the bright pink that is typical of traditional French rosés. Fine red fruit aromas, light hint of citrus. Mouth is fruity – red currant, sour cherry – and fresh. A dry rosé. Medium finish. 13.5% alc.
Production Notes : Fermentation of this “bled” rosé made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault is in stainless steel tanks at monitored temperatures. Gold Medal at Concours des vins d’Orange 2012. 70% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault.
Pair With: An all year-round aperitif wine. Or/and try with a Paëlla, grilled meats, salads, fish, olives, typical Mediterranean cuisine. This wine is Southern French sun in a bottle. Serve at 12°C.
Les Vignerons du Castelas vignerons-castelas.com
This “cave cooperative,” or wine cooperative, of the Vignerons du Castelas represents 70 grower-families who have come together to make wines whose typicity of the Southern French sun and terroir of Vallée du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône is noteworthy.
They cultivate their vineyards with respect to tradition and with respect to the land, to preserve its yields capacity for generations to come. The appellations included in the holdings of the families that make up the cooperative are: Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône villages and Côtes du Rhône villages Signargues. Located on the Right Bank of the Rhône, Avignon is 10 km. away and Pont du Gard is 16 km.; the majestic Mont Ventoux is within sight of most of the vineyards.
In the last four years, the Vignerons du Castelas have invested €2.1 million in their technical processing and production equipment. Some of the improvements are: Grape traceability; Chiller system; Air conditioned storehouse for the wines; And a production monitoring system.
The Castelas, the 11th c. Romanesque chapel perched on top of the village of Rochefort du Gard, is the landmark the name of the winery, Les Vignerons du Castelas, derives from.