Rosé, a toast to sunny days

So what actually is rosé?

From its pink colour, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that rosé is simply a blend of red and white wine. Not only is this not true, making wine in this way is actually prohibited by law with the notable exception of rosé champagne.

Rosé wine is made exclusively from red grapes which bleed off clear juice. The pink colour actually comes from the red grape skins. The most popular grape varieties used are Cinsault and Grenache, generally blended with a little Syrah or Mourvèdre.

At our winery, the rosés we produce contain just Grenache and (in very small quantities because the grapes bleed off their colour very quickly) Syrah.

Rosé is all the rage

Have you noticed? When the sunny weather arrives, it’s a common sight to see bar and restaurant terraces full of couples, friends, and colleagues chatting as they enjoy a chilled glass of rosé.

‘Rosé has removed the mystique of wine for anyone who believed they didn’t know enough about wine. With rosé, consumers are taking a more Anglo-Saxon approach to wine, by this I mean appreciating a wine objectively without necessarily knowing all the ins and outs,’ enthusiastically explains Nicolas Speranza, Estates Manager. This is a very positive trend because rosé is one of the key drivers for modernising the ways in which wine is consumed.’

Cuvée Amoureuse

Our winery takes rosé just as seriously as our other bottles, as shown by the brand new Cuvée Amoureuse from Château Grand Escalion. The blend is made from single-vineyard Grenache (60%) and Syrah (20%) wines mostly produced in the clay-rich area of the estate, a terroir especially conducive to making rosé wine.

The harvests take place in the coolest parts of the night and early morning to preserve the grapes. Fermentation is done at low temperature (14°C) to bring out the complex aromas and achieve a rosé that is closer to the profile we expect from our whites, i.e. notes of white flowers, peach and apricot. 2018 is an excellent vintage with a well-controlled alcohol content.

‘We are delighted to offer this high-end rosé with its light pink body–very much in line with today’s tastes–and interesting aromatic profile with notes of fresh red fruit and beautiful vivacity. Full and round on the palate, the long, voluptuous finish of this rosé makes it a fine dining wine par excellence.’

Long suffering from a ‘low end’ image, rosé is actually more complicated to produce than whites and reds and calls for just as much expertise as any other wine, if not more. Our winery invests all its passion, knowledge and technical know-how into all its wines, whatever their colour! Our Cuvée Amoureuse 2018, bottled in January 2019, is now ready to brighten up your table. Check out our online store here:

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