Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. Situated in the narrow valley of the Gellone river where it meets the steep-sided gorge of the Hérault River, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is essentially a medieval village located on the Chemin de St-Jacques pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella. Jeff Welburn owns La Domitienne, from the Latin Via Domitia—the road linking ancient Rome with Cadiz, Spain. This historic route allowed the Romans to control all of southern Gaul (modern day France). Production is carried out in a local co-op shared by many of the local growers.
The lovely rosé is made from 100% Grenache Gris from 25-year-old sustainably farmed vines. After harvest, the grapes underwent a 20-day fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks with indigenous yeast. The resulting wine was aged in a combination of cement and stainless-steel before being bottled with minimal SO2 in early January.
Pale, translucent pink. Intense tropical aromatics of papaya and dragon fruit. Bright fruity flavors of fresh papaya and ripe mandarin. A perfect accompaniment to hot summer days!