This wine is pleasingly well balanced, mouth-filling and lively, with notes of citrus fruit and a hint of menthol and a delicious finish. A well-structured rosé which can be enjoyed young but which will also keep for two or three years.
The grapes are picked at night, in two sessions. The first harvest is just before the grapes are fully ripe, to keep freshness in the wine, then the second picking happens two weeks later, to get good concentration and varietal character. The grapes are destemmed then macerated for six hours at 5°C. Fermentation is at a controlled temperature of 17°C. The fine lees are added back to the wine at racking to add more structure on the palate. No malolactic fermentation.
In 2007, Laurent Calmel joined J Joseph’s fifteen years old trading company that specialized in Languedoc Roussillon wines coming from Private cellars. Both of them decided to take up a new challenge: vinifying in the most natural way a range of great Languedoc Roussillon wines on hardly known appellations from a strict selection of parcels cultivated organically. This desire to prove the exceptional quality of these soils also relied on complete transparency of the wines. Their cultural methods and vinification are widely described on their blog www.calmel-joseph.com.
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