Le Chat Noir M. Pierre Rose (6pk)
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Region: Gers & Aude Valley
Soil: Clay & Limestone
Grape Variety: 50% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 10% Shiraz
Winemaker: Hilde Chevillot
Pack Size: 6 Bottle Pack
Sourcing: Fruit from the Gers region, in the centre of southern France provides a core of vibrant and expressive fruit with impressive depth whilst the high altitude, cool climate Aude Valley fruit provides lifted aromatics, savoury complexity and bright, fresh acidity.
Winemaking: Completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. Following a soft pressing, the juice is given a cool fermentation in stainless steel and allowed to ferment at very low temperature to almost complete dryness. Maturation on lees in stainless steel adds texture and malo-lactic fermentation is prevented to ensure vibrancy.
Vintage 2016: A very warm and dry vintage with noticeably low yields exacerbated by frosts in early Spring. The conditions continued with just enough relief via light showers before a very early and compounded harvest that had vignerons scrambling, Whilst a famous vintage for red wines, 2016 was a well above average vintage for Rose with rich flavours and impressive concentration and length
Tasting Note: Very pale pink in colour, sitting well within the classic Provence “pale and dry” spectrum. The nose is aromatic and expressive with aromas of strawberries and rose petal perfume. The palate is light and delicate, displaying elegant light berry and candied fruit drop flavours matched by savoury complexity before lingering long on a soft, dry finish.