We just finished up a phenomenal tasting with Luc Guenard of Chateau Valcombe and we’re heading south to the Luberon. Luc is doing incredible work at the domaine, making wines with great personality and energy — without a doubt some of the best values in our portfolio.
The 2016 Chateau Valcombe Rosé “Epicure” is outstanding. Luc noted that the 2016 vintage was so strong that he limited his rosé production to make more red wine. Our allocation is essentially his entire rosé production for the year. It is an equal blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah, which are 100% direct press. All the grapes at the domaine are grown organically and the elevage is in 100% concrete tanks with no temperature control and a minimal amount of sulfur.
The color is light salmon with a silver/copper hue. Quite mineral and direct, the concentration of the vintage comes through with a core of warm cherry fruit and a hint of apple skin on the finish. With only 12.5 % alcohol, there is plenty of acidity to give this rosé an electric shimmer.