Appellation: Côtes du Rhône.
Grapes: Grenache 50%, Cinsault 40%, Carignan 10%.
About: not just another Rosé, this is Laurent Charvin’s expression of Cinsualt insofar as it comprises 40% of the blend and provides all the juiciness in this delicious easy drinking Rosé that can serve both as apero or lunchtime wine.
Location: around the Domaine in the Maucoil lieu-dit in the north of the Appellation adjacent to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Size ha: 2.
Age: vines planted around 1975.
Soils: mainly galets roulés on a limestone-marl base and some sandy soils.
Exposition: mostly flat.
Altitude: 50 to 80m.
Training: gobelet and cordon de royat.
Farming: certified organic, with obsessive attention to adapting to changing circumstance, retaining humidity in a dry year, or aerating the vines in a humid year.
Average yield hl/ha: 45.
Very simple, by direct press in concrete tank, using whole bunches, wild yeasts, no additions except very minimal sulphur, the varieties were co-fermented, for 2 weeks, with temperatures controlled to no more than 19ºC . The wine was racked and returned to concrete tank for a few months before bottling, unfiltered and unfined.
Vintage Notes 2019
A superb vintage was produced in yet again difficult conditions. A cool, long Spring was followed by drought and a heatwave with spikes of heat over 40ºC in late June and early July, so that it was uncertain what kind of wines would be produced. Yet they have everything: balance, clear fruit, freshness and aromatic intensity.
Yield hl/ha: 40.
Harvested: September 10.
Bottles produced: 6,000.
Date bottled: 2020-02.
Alcohol %: 14.39.
SO2 Total: 53.
Tasting: uplifting aromas of red cherry, citrus fruits, some herbes de provence, fluid, digestible, rounded and refreshing. Easy drinking but more than that.