13% | FRANCE

A wild rosé from the garrigues of southern France. Beautiful pale salmon colour with an appealing herbal nose followed by flavours of warm southern herbs, white pepper spice and soft...
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A wild rosé from the garrigues of southern France. Beautiful pale salmon colour with an appealing herbal nose followed by flavours of warm southern herbs, white pepper spice and soft raspberries. Very much a food wine.

Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles is an estate with superb terroir and it is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the Bandol appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate is nestled in the protective hillsides of the Cadière d'Azur which benefit from a maritime climate where cooling sea breezes extend the hours of ripening and prevent overheating.

The vineyards and winery of this small domain are managed by Jean-Marie Castell, whose father also worked for the Ferec family. He studied oenology before joining Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles and has continued the winemaking work in the style of the estate. Harvesting for most grape varieties begins in early September and finishes towards the end of the month with the Mourvèdre. Traditional manual vineyard work (except ploughing) remains, along with organic methods of weed and pest control (they are not certified organic but are in conversion). Yields for the rosé are 37 hl/ha. The 'rustic' facilities of old have been replaced with modern, termperature controlled systems. The rosé is part saignée (juice from the Mourvèdre is drained off) and part press (the other cepages). Fermentation is temperature controlled between 18 & 21ºC for 3 weeks and the wine is then kept in cuve for 6 months before bottling in the spring after the vintage.

Lovely apéritif with olives and tapenade or serve with shellfish, grilled chicken, spicy vegetable dishes.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault
Country
France
Region
South of France
Vintage
2018
ABV %
13%
Organic
Yes
Vegan
Yes

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