House: Bejamin Mei
Name: Rose Infinie, Cotes de Provence Rosé
Origin: Provence, France
Price: 68 DKK/9,20 EUR/11,20 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 135 DKK/18,20/22,30 USD)
Provence as a wine region
Province is one of the most under-rated wine regions in France. It is located in the southern France at the Mediterranean sea. Capital of this region is beautiful Marseilles Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France. It is also the only place to focus on Rosé (88% of production) and is home to the only research institute dedicated to the style.
But how do you make a rosé wine if there are no pink grape varieties?
Production of rosé
There are two ways of making a rosé depending on which grapes you use.
This method is used for darker grapes. When you take a red variety of a grape, even though it is blue from the outside, the pulp of the grape is relatively pale. Stronger grapes have a little bit darker pulp so you just take the juice from first press (also called first drop) and continue as with any other wine. The point is that the juice has to be in contact with smashed grapes for as short as possible.
This method is used mostly for the lighter grapes, such Pinot Noir. The only difference in comparison with the one mentioned above is, that you leave the juice in the smashed grapes for a short period of time. This way the juice pulls out a bit of the color from the skin. Then you proceed like with any other wine.
Rose Infinie, Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016
This wine is a mix of Grenache, Syrah, Vermentino and Cinsault. What I find interesting right from the start is its unusual orange color. In the nose we get a nice smell of forest strawberries with a hint of cream. The taste is very light and dry, which is common with wines from Provence. Regarding the tasting notes, taste confirms the nose with a slight hint of rhubarb. This wine has short but quite intense (for a rosé) aftertaste.
I enjoy rosé any time of the year, regardless if it is winter or summer. This wine however, is 100% summer wine and drinking it winter is not the right time. Me personally, I prefer rosé wines with a little bit of sugar in them, but I believe this wine can find its audience. Drink always chilled during hot summer days.