Calmel & Joseph, Villa Blanche, Grenache Rose, 2018

Calmel & Joseph, Villa Blanche, Grenache Rose, 2018

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Pleasingly pale pink with golden gleams. The nose presents a bouquet of white flowers and roses followed by the freshness of aniseed and mint. Deliciously supple, fruity and refreshing in the mouth, like biting into a fresh peach, with apricot, a touch of delicately lemony citrus notes and grenadine. A pure delight but also a fully-fledged wine capable of accompanying a meal with poise.

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Vintage: 2018

Country: France

Region: Languedoc

Grape varieties: 60% Grenache gris - 40% Grenache noir

Alcohol by volume: 13%

Bottle size: 75cl

Clay-limestone. Typically Mediterranean climate, warm and sunny with light rainfall. Warm winters, hot summers and regular periods of dry weather mean that the grapes ripen perfectly.

The grapes are picked at night, in two sessions. The first harvest is just before the grapes are fully ripe, to keep freshness in the wine, then the second picking happens two weeks later, to get good concentration and varietal character. The grapes are destemmed then macerated for six hours at 5°C. Fermentation is at a controlled temperature of 17°C. The fine lees are added back to the wine at racking to add more structure on the palate. No malolactic fermentation.

Aged in stainless steel tanks.