2017 Domaine Fontsainte Rose "Gris de Gris" Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (750ml)

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Yves Laboucarie was an early pioneer for quality production in Corbières and was among the first in the region to harvest by hand, employ whole cluster carbonic fermentation and age his wines in oak barrels. Yves’s son, Bruno, is now making the wines and has continued his father’s penchant for innovation by updating the cellar into a gravity flow operation with stainless steel and cement vats, planting new vines and creating new cuvées. However, it was Yves who created the cuvée for which Domaine de Fontsainte is most known - this always consistently delicious Gris de Gris, a benchmark for rosé in Corbieres. The 2017 is a blend of 50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre. Here is how it was made, “a rosé bled (saignée) from the vat. The grapes are harvested by hand and kept whole. After a natural settling of the juice for 24 hours, the alcoholic fermentation takes place at 18°C for 35 days. The malolactic fermentation is of course blocked and the wine rests for 1 month before bottling, preserving all the freshness and intensity of its aromas.” We featured the 2016 in our Rose Wine Club last year and it was a runaway hit. Vintage after vintage, it's always one of our best selling roses, and one of the greatest bargains for rose we have.

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