07.05.14

LGI's New Montgravet Rosé

LGI's New Montgravet Rosé

 

Mongravet Cinsault Rosé, Vin de France 2013
RRP £5.99, Waitrose
ABV 12.5%

The vinous summer season just wouldn't be complete without a rosé release from Southern French specialists LGI.  And here it is… the Montgravet Cinsault Rosé Vin de France 2013.

The Montgravet wines are named after the old style estates in the South of France that were built on the regions monts (mounts) overlooking vineyards planted on the surrounding graves (gravel) soils.

For this rosé, Winemaker Xavier Roger has selected 100% Cinsault - which he terms one of the Languedoc's "forgotten" varietals.  "It's mostly found as a component in blends, but if you find the right combination of terroir and climate - as we believe we have - then you can harvest grapes which produce great wines on their own," he says.

Roger sourced the grapes for this wine from vineyards on the chalk and clay soils between Beziers and Carcassonne, where he believes there is enough sun and humidity to bring out the requisite fresh fruit flavours and concentration in the grapes.  Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to give as much freshness to the wine as possible.  After a gentle pressing, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 15oC, and the wine was then left on its lees for at least two months with regular stirring to give a smooth texture.

Further information: Ali at ewpr / 020 8747 9592