Le Chat Noir Rose 2015 (Pyrenees, France)
The Le Chat Noir Rose Primarily sourced from the Gard region between Montpellier and Nimes with a small component of cool climate fruit from the Aude Valley. The Gard is the “pivot” of the south, joining Languedoc to the west, with Provence to the right and the Rhone Valley to the North. The landscape flows from low rocky hills near Nimes to the sandy soils of the Rhone delta. The vineyard soils are covered by pebbles, similar to much of the Rhone and likewise enjoy the “Mistral” – cooling autumn breezes.
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 to almost complete dryness. Maturation on lees in stainless steel adds texture and malo-lactic fermentation is prevents to ensure vibrancy.
Sitting neatly between “Old World” (pale, dry and restrained) and “New World” (bright, fruit focussed and exuberant). The colour is pale pink, with crimson highlights when viewed across a full glass. A vibrant nose displays fruit drops, red berries and floral aromas of roses and lavender. A beautifully balanced palate combines rich fruit flavours and a round mouth-feel with soft acidity and freshness on a dry finish.
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