Charvin Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé 2017


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Rhone, France

Domaine Charvin Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé is a beautiful dry rosé from one of the top winemakers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Gerard Charvin and his son, Laurent, represent the quintessence of the small domaine/father and son team. They have only 8 Ha of Chateauneuf-duPape, and half of that they sell off to negociants, keeping only the best lots for the Chateauneuf of Domaine Charvin. Until recently, Laurent was almost the only grower to still vinify traditionally, with whole-cluster fermentations. Now others are beginning to copy him. In addition to leaving all the stems, Laurent's elevage is uniquely in concrete tank, no barrel. What goes into their Chateauneuf is about 82% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah, and Vaccarese from their vines averaging about 50 years of age (the oldest being 70 years). Together they combine the experience and patience of Gerard with the wine making brilliance of Laurent, now regarded as one of the top wine-makers in the appellation by Guy Julien, famous owner of the restaurant Beaugraviere in Mondragon and assembler of its unequalled Rhone list.

Charvin Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, sometimes with some Bourboulenc and Mourvèdre, that averages just 35hL/ha annually. Organically farmed and entirely harvested by hand with sorting done in the vineyard. The Cinsault is first harvested and pressed and then about a day later the Grenache is harvested and pressed. Once assembled, they ferment for 14 days with only indigenous yeasts. After racking, this rosé spends the winter in tanks, conducting a natural sedimentation and is finally bottled in April.

Enjoy Charvin Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé now and over the next 3-4 years as the perfect patio aperitif wine. It pairs beautifully with salade Nicoise, roast chicken, grilled shrimp and mild cheeses.

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