Cinsault, "THE" rosé in the "Les Jamelles" range, is praised every year for its high quality, fruitiness, freshness and notes of boiled sweets.
"Rosé de saignée." Whole bunches of red Cinsault grapes are macerated in vats. On contact with the grape skins, which are rich in colouring matter, the must starts to take on colour. When the required colour is obtained (after a few hours), the grapes are pressed to separate the juice from the skins. The wine is vinified in the same way as a white wine (only the juice is fermented) at a low temperature (15°C) in order to develop the aromas as fully as possible. To ensure that the wine retains its freshness and natural acidity, it does not undergo malolactic fermentation and is bottled relatively early. It retains a natural touch of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the fermentation, which adds to its freshness.
- Appearance: Nice pale pink in colour. Very bright appearance. - Nose: Very fruity, aromatic wine, with scents of fruit drops, raspberries, strawberries and grenadine, together with floral aromas (roses and lavender). - Taste: A hint of carbon dioxide on the attack (like lees-aged wines) which gives it freshness. This is a pleasant, easy drinking wine with an extremely well-balanced palate combining roundness and length with good acidity and freshness.
About 25% of the blend comes from the Gard (where some of the best rosés in France are produced), 60% comes from the north of Béziers (round, fruity wines) and the remaining 15% from the Limoux region, in the Aude, where the wines benefit from the cooler climate. Two types of soil: - Gard: Deep soils with alluvial deposits from the Rhône, with pebbles (giving richness and roundness to the wines). - Aude: Very poor clay and limestone soils (giving character and freshness). The vines are grown on slopes (average altitude: 150 m). Average age: 15 years. Pruned using the "gobelet" method (free standing). Low yields of around 50 hectolitres per hectare.
Serve well chilled (8°C), as an apéritif, with salads, braised meats, grilled meats, stuffed peppers, pasta or cheese (Cantal).