Domaine Barville Esprit Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2020

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Serve this sublimely-tinted, fruity, round and delicious Côtes du Rhône rosé as an aperitif or enjoy with pistou soup, tabbouleh, anchovy paste, aïoli, tuna and olive salad, cured meats or cold chicken salad.

With expert winemaking experience in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cairanne, and Laudun Village, Maison Brotte creates exceptional wines in all the major regions of the Southern Rhône. The family is now in its fifth generation, guiding with a spirit of innovation for almost a century. The family’s wines were among the first Southern Rhône bottlers traded internationally.

“Delicate notes of red cherry and raspberry are accented by layers of dried thyme, sage and lavender in this dusty-pink rosé. Dry in style and freshly concentrated, the wine has a pleasantly brambly, herbaceous finish. Enjoy young.” 89 PointsWine Enthusiast

After careful selection as soon as they reach the winery, the grapes are lightly pressed with a pneumatic press. Part of the juice comes from from bleeding, particularly with the Grenache that dominates this blend. Cold settling overnight leads to fermentation in stainless at low temperature (16 – 18°C). Malolactic fermentation is avoided to maximize freshness of fruit. Maturation on fine lees with regular stirring in stainless steel vats for 6 months, and then bottling in March/April following the harvest.

Color: Vibrant grenadine with purple hues.

Nose: Subtle aromas of summer fruits and red berries.

Palate: A fresh and fruity wine with strawberry and red fruits notes. The balance between a nice fat and a nice liveliness is perfect. Notes of citrus fruits, sweet almond and red cherry on the finale.