The ‘De Chansac’ label is produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in Southern France by LGI Wines, a French tailor-made winemaker. Established in 1999 by Alain Grignon who was frustrated by many aspects of the domestic French wine industry, LGI caters solely to export markets and runs a team of winemakers and viticulturists sourcing high-quality fruit primarily from the St Chinian and Côtes de Gascogne appellations. Marilyn Lassere is the winemaker behind De Chansac, and she has made quite the name for herself in the industry, significantly contributing to the renewed success of the Languedoc (which as France’s largest wine region was overlooked for many years and considered a source for cheap bulk wine only). Today, innovators like Marilyn who practice rigorous selection in the vineyards and astute control of the winemaking process are crafting more intricate wines with loads of personality (and often times much more wallet-friendly than those from other more historically renowned regions).
Comprised of 100% Cinsault, this 2018 Rosé stunned us with its layered complexity considering its very affordable price! The aromatics are lively and inviting, hinting at red apple skin, cherry blossom and freshly picked apricot. Despite its pale pink color, there is a richness on the palate that one would not expect to find at this price point along with tasty notes of strawberry shortcake, peach melba, watermelon and lychee. The finish is refreshingly dry with a subtle yet cleansing minerality. This is the perfect everyday rosé that won’t break the bank; while very drinkable on its own, it wouldn’t mind a simple salad of fresh mozzarella and summer fruit like figs or strawberries to go alongside it!