Domaine Montrose Rose 2021
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A passing glance at a bottle of Rose mon Rose might suggest that it was a Rosé from Provence. While it resembles and even drinks like a Rosé from Aix-en-Provence, the real perk for us is that it doesn't share the price tag.
Domaine Montrose is located in the Côtes de Thongue appellation in the Languedoc, and they are one of the most highly regarded Rosé-centric producers west of Montpellier. The estate was established in 1701 and has been family-owned and operated for twelve generations.
The Mediterranean climate of the Côtes de Thongue appellation is perfect for viticulture, and the local estates take full advantage of the long, hot, dry summers and temperate winters. Steady coastal breezes cool the summer evenings and protect the vines, allowing full development and ripeness.
The estate's vineyards are planted on a rather unusual breadth of terroir not common in this region. Clay-limestone: this soil structure allows maximum moisture retention during the hot, dry summers.
Villafranchian terrasses: small round pebbles; while naturally poor in nutrients, they make the vines suffer, yielding top-quality fruit — very typical terroir of this appellation.
Volcanic: the estate is fortunate to have vines planted on a volcanic slope, producing very distinctive minerality
In your glass, the gorgeous pale salmon hue opens to aromas of red berry, melon, and strawberry. The palate has a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity with just the right amount of creamy texture on the middle palate. The finish lingers nicely with notes of red berry, red currant, citrus, and peach skin.
This pink gem really does drink like a Provence Pink that's north of twenty bucks!