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Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Grenache Rosé 2020 Pays D’Oc France


We are currently awaiting the new vintage of this wine to arrive.

In the heart of 200 uninterrupted hectares the Domaine Calmel & Joseph sits in a remarkable geographical position. At altitudes near to 300 metres, the cultivated plots are surrounded by richly diverse woodland and wild Mediterranean scrub.

Calmel & Joseph are winemakers of our time. They have their own strategy and not entirely without success. Due to the increasing temperature, the winegrowers in the south of France have been forced to look for alternatives to the perfect viticulture. Calmel & Joseph seem to have found these. For example, the gentlemen prefer to grow their grapes on the north-eastern slopes at an altitude of 300-400 meters, so that the mistral can give the most cooling to the grapes, and the sun gets the least grip on the grapes, and not entirely to no avail! 

70% Grenache gris – 30% Grenache noir grown on clay-limestone. Typically Mediterranean climate, warm and sunny with light rainfall. Warm winters, hot summers and regular periods of dry weather mean that the grapes ripen perfectly.

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.

Exquisitely pale pink of great brilliance. The nose is floral, with notes of aniseed, rose and white blossom. Succulent, well-balanced, fruity and fresh at the same time, it reveals notes of citrus but also white peach, apricot and a touch of almond and mint. A beautifully long finish confirms this as a structured rosé that is not only excellent for drinking immediately, but one that will maintain all its qualities for the next two to three years.

Great with boiled eggs with just a touch of salt, hummus dip, grilled sausages or turkey sandwiches



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