Dear wine lovers,
Having been raised in Provence, rosé has always had a special place in my wine culture. When we found this beautiful piece of land in the Rhône, I initially told myself that I would only do red wines since that's the best potential here.
And our very hot mature 2007 vintage was not appropriate for light fresh rosé that I like and have enjoyed while living near the Mediterranean. When I have started to distribute Dentelle and Mistral, people have asked about rosé which, eventually put the idea in my head to produce a small tank in 2008, just for fun.
And since 2008 had been quite cool, acidities and maturities were in fact perfect to produce a rosé without too much alcohol and natural freshness. When we finished harvesting for this small tank, I realized that our grapes were not mature enough to produce the best possible reds so I decided to continue making some rosé fill a big tank.
Like a Provence people and also because the market demands this, I was afraid to make a rosé with too much color so I decided to make a direct press (in opposition to "saignée") in order to reduce the color given by the skins grapes. And if the pressed juices were very pale, the color went quite dark during the fermentation which was normal (dixit my oenologue) but which made worry.
But the outcome is just great. Pale pink color, fresh but lots of red fruits, especially Granada fruits.
By the end of November, I will have fined it and I plan to bottle it before Christmas. That way, we will spend the winter with this spring-summer wine which will help us pass this cold period dreaming about the next coming sunny season...
Jean-Marc - Domaine Rouge-Bleu