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Southern Rhône, France

Domaine Charmasson Vin de France Sept Syllabes Rosé 2014

Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan
Organic Status:
14.00% (Number on label may differ)
Nadia and Christian Charmasson are based in Tavel and used to make one of the best we ever tasted, a full-bodied but subtle, lovely rosé wine. But they wanted to make natural wines and use their grapes in both Tavel and Lirac for red, white or rosé as they thought the grapes fitted best, thus Tavel grapes for red as well rosé. This rosé is made from a blend of 7 grapes and has an amazing complexity and terroir transparency. Production is tiny, winemaking totally non-interventionist, whole bunch and no makeup. The wines are truly hand-crafted.
Tasting Notes:
Shimmering aromas of dried thyme and wild strawberry, with a touch of grilled meat and leather, a complex, gastronomic rosé that wears its Tavel provenance lightly. All energy on the palate, it's satin smooth with great freshness, a sensation of richness that clears to red fruit, then finishes remarkably long. Wonderful.
Vintage Notes:
2014 was another complicated year in the Southern Rhône, the sort of testing year that sorts out the great vignerons from the ordinary. Until the end of June the weather was extremely dry and very warm. Prospects for the harvest looked good. But the summer was wholly disappointing with endless bouts of rain and cool weather. It was difficult to gain maturity but on the other hand, the freshness was excellent. As a result the wines have lower alcohol, less density and complexity, and more freshness than usual, all of which amounts to delicious drinking wines from the best vignerons.
Nadia and Christian own 2.3 hectares of vines west of the village of Tavel which they farm with biodynamic fervour and they look beautiful, too! Their parcels lie on a complex of different soils: Lauses, the flat white stones of the region much used building farm walls and roofs, large galets and sands. The terroir strongly resembles Châteauneuf and when using 7 varieties, the wines can have as much complexity, too. The vines are mostly on gentle east-facing slopes and are trained traditionally in free-standing gobelet. The vines are aged from 40 to 80 years old and yield less than 10 hl/ha. The climate is Mediterranean with the northerly Mistral wind to benefit the vines.
The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of September into small platters, to protect the fruit and to be able to remove any not perfectly ripe and healthy. As soon as they're picked, they're moved into a refrigerated truck in the vineyard at 6ºC. This protects against any oxidation or risk of fermentation. In the cellar, the whole bunches are very gently pressed into stainless steel tank to ferment slowly during 2 months with only wild yeasts and no other additions whatsoever including sulphur. After the ferment finished, the wine was racked once and aged on its fine lees for 4 months. Basically, the wine made itself! The wine was bottled by gravity, with no fining, nor filtration in the Spring.
2,000 bottles (167 cases)
Product Code:
¥3,456 / bottle SRP inc. tax

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