2018-C Chateau Cavalier Cotes de Provence Rose, France

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Château Cavalier is dedicated entirely to rosé production. The vineyards stretch over 300 acres in the foothills of the Massif des Maures, a small mountain range in the Var department of Provence, and are surrounded by natural woodlands. The vineyard has relatively cool nights, helping preserve acidity in the grapes while ripening fully. The Cavalier stream (from which the winery derives its name) runs through the vineyards, providing water for the vines and a cooling layer of fog that protects the grapes on hot summer mornings. The result is ripe grapes with high acidity and expressive aromatics. The wine team of Clement Brun and Olivier Daouga take advantage of the cool mist; machine-harvesting the vines at night to further protect the grapes from oxidization. The Cavalier team is committed to sustainable practices and the vineyard is Terra Vitis certified.

Marafiance is a blend of 6 different varietals, with Grenache and Syrah comprising 78% of the total. The Grenache is fermented using carbonic maceration (the grapes ferment intracellularly), lending light kirsch aromas to the wine. The Syrah, Rolle, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Semillon are cold soaked for about 2 weeks and the blended must is fermented at a cool 60°F to maintain aromatics. The wine is then aged on its gross lees for about 2 months, with the lees stirred occasionally (bâtonnage), then on its fine lees for another 4 to 8 weeks. The result is more body, with better protection from oxidization. Aromas of macerated raspberries, red cherry, and white pepper. Pairs well with a wide variety of foods.

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