2016 looks to be a promising vintage for Mas Cal Demoura. The dry weather during July and August stressed the vines so as to produce low yields (22 HL per hectare) but, as a result of relatively cold nights in July and the strength of the vines due to the hard work of Isabelle and Vincent Goumard in the vineyards which they have farmed organically since 2010, a surprising balance and freshness in their wines has been ensured.
The 2016 “Qu’es Aquo” Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah – with a splash of Carignan and Mourvedre added as well. Two thirds of this rosé is made from direct-press fruit (the Grenache and Syrah are direct-press while the Cinsault is saignée) keeping the color light and the fruit fresh.
The younger vines of the domaine; i.e., the Grenache and Syrah, are destined for the rosé and are picked about a week earlier than the grapes for the red wines, then fermented and aged in stainless steel. The rosé is scheduled to be bottled next week. Its color is a pale salmon; the nose is quite fruity, with notes of warm strawberry and light cherry. Quite concentrated (the result of their incredibly low yields), the wine has a dense, silky texture and a vibrant mineral finish.