Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France, 2018


Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France, 2018 has a light pink color like wild salmon. The initial aromas of wild raspberry, pink grapefruit, juicy mandarin slices and fresh cut wild flowers.  Secondary aromas of slate after a spring rain, Meyer lemon and a freshly mowed lawn has your mind wandering back to the warmer days of the year spent relaxing on the deck.  The palate is treated to lively tart fruits and summer melons freshly cut and served chilled.  The mid palate fallows the palate to a short crisp finish.

Chateau Peyrassol, Rosé is a blend of 46% Cinsault, 27% Grenache, 7% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, and 9% Rolle.  All of the grapes are harvested in the cool temperatures of early morning and delivered to the winery for pressing.  The grapes are pressed and aged in steel tanks separately and aged for 8 months. After the aging period the winemaker makes the final blend.

Too often people stop drinking rosé when the temperature drops, but are really going to Antarctica?  We live in warm comfortable homes; no need to live bundled up.  Fight the cold and relive the summer.  Lay out a picnic blanket on the living room floor.  Play a beach movie on the TV and lay out crisp baby spinach leaves with goat cheese and citrus vinaigrette.  Prosciutto and Bufula Mozzarella layered onto crunchy baguettes with arugula.  The summer may be over, but you can still hold on to it inside while the snow falls outside.

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