On this cold, rainy day in Douzens, we enjoyed the 2016 Faillenc Sainte Marie Rosé des Glacières, partially thanks to the fire that the Gibert family had going to keep things warm.
This rose is always 100% Syrah, made in the saignée method, from a 2-hectare parcel that is always picked early (in this instance the first week of September) to feature the freshness of Syrah rather than its power and weight. Undergoing about a three-hour maceration, it is one of the more deeply colored roses we offer. Still, the 2016 is juicy and fresh, with a cranberry edge to its macerated strawberry flavors and a hint of tannin in the finish. The Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie, situated in the heart of the Corbières district, is a certified organic estate. Jean-Baptiste Gibert is featured in the accompanying photo.