Domaine les Hautes Cances, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rosé 2017
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Villages
Varietal(s): Granache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre
About The ProducerJean-Marie and Anne-Marie Astart work out of a modest house in the middle of the village of Cairanne. Anne-Marie inherited the old-vine hillside plots from her great-grandparents.
Terroir & Vineyard Practices:It’s grown in that perfect combination of clay and limestone soil. The vines are 50+ years-old. The yields are an amazingly low 35 hectoliters per hectare and every grape is sorted through meticulously to eliminate all but those that are perfectly ripe.
Tasting NotesDistinctly concentrated from a dedicated vineyard of over 50 year-old vines with delicious earthy Rhone undertones. Medium bodied. Dry French rosé at it's best.
VinificationThis is a Rosé that's made like a very expensive red wine - they do not bleed off juice to make this rose! After the grapes are pressed, the juice is allowed to sit with the grape skins picking up color, but also tannins, pectins and proteins that give the wine structure. Then the juice is drained off, put into another vat without the skins and then fermentation proceeds.
The 2016 vintage review in Le Guide Hachette des Rosés 2017-2018 Coup de Coeur 3***: "“Since Cairanne became a Cru Village in 2016, the new communal appellation is reserved for red or white wines, so that this rosé remains in Côtes du Rhône Villages. However, our tasters have raised it to an enviable position, awarding it the first favorite of a Villages in rosé. A wine made from a blend of four grape varieties: cinsault (50%), vinified by direct pressing, supplemented by mourvèdre, syrah and a hint of grenache vinified by bleeding. From an old pale pink with silvery reflections, this cuvée charmed by its precise and subtle nose, initially mineral and smoky, then floral (pink) and fruity (red fruits). The red fruit, combined with a touch of citrus fruit, carries it into a mouth that is both greedy and fresh. A tonic rosé that will accompany a whole meal. 2017-2018.” - Le Guide Hachette des Rosés 2017-2018 (France’s best-selling wine guide)