2021 Domaine de Figueirasse Gris de Gris, Sables de Camargue IGP, France (750ml)

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For more than a century, the Saumade family has tended vines on the sandy shores of the Camargue delta in the south of France, establishing Domaine de Figueirasse in 1905 with its vineyards located just 200 yards from the Mediterranean Sea. The influence of the moist, salty air helps keep the vines from suffering hydric stress, while sea salt, acting as a natural antiseptic, keeps rootstock healthy. The soils are sandy and well-draining, with barley and rye planted between rows during the winter months to prevent wind erosion. In the spring, the crop is tilled under as a natural fertilizer—organic viticulture here is as natural as the tides and the call of the seabirds overhead.

Gris de Gris des Sables is a particular style of rosé wine made especially in the Camargue, most typically a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, pressed gently to extract a delicate, pale salmon color. The grapes for this rosé, a field blend of Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Cinsault were hand-harvested overnight (when temperatures were coolest) and were immediately pressed gently and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats on indigenous yeasts. The wine was also aged in tank and bottled in early winter to preserve the vintage’s fresh fruit.

Bright salmon pink. Crisp and refreshing with aromas and flavors of tart red berry fruit, Gris de Gris doesn’t just signal the start of summer—it may have inspired the season in the first place!

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