From the rare 'Grenache Gris' variety. This wine shows red fruit characters and impressive texture, despite the lightness of colour and delicate nose. Its refreshing, with intense peppery notes. Good acidity leads to a long, spicy and dry finish.
The Oc, or Pays dOc as youll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as Le Midi. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhne delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine ros) and Grenache Noir (try Pasquiers for a full-bodied flavoursome find); as well as the cpages amliorateurs (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites. Eric Monnin, Boutinots winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domaines, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on e.g. softening harsh tannins in reds, or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these brut de cuve wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles we seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.
In the Winery
This rose is made in the press, rather than macerated on the skins - hence the pale pink colour.
Lovely accompaniment to pink lamb, salmon, monkfish and a variety of shellfish. Despite it's apparently delicate nature it's a surprisingly good food wine.