Fenouillet Ventoux Rosé

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Beaumes de Venise–a fitting day to bring you news of the first of four rosés we will be tasting today.

Wearing a pale salmon color, the Domaine de Fenouillet 2016 Ventoux Rosé is vibrant and balanced compared to the richer rosés you often find in the Southern Rhone.  It is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah–all the components of which are direct-press except for the Syrah. The Soard family works their vineyards organically (certified), and yields are typically low (30 Hl/h)–one of the reasons for the high quality and small production.

One can sense the concentration in the 2016.  It has a focused rich texture, with strawberry and peach fruit, and an earthy dose of eucalyptus in the background. While dense, it has a light mineral finish, making it refreshing to drink.

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