France, Rosé, Red Blend, “Les Vignes” Rosé, Domaine de Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Rousillion, 2016

Red blend of 78% grenache, 14% cinsault and 8% syrah.

N/ Freshly crushed oyster shells, light wafts of strawberry Jolly Rancher candy, fresh hay, and sun bleached granite.

Screaming for oysters, sushi, or ceviche.

T/ Light mouthfeel. Wonderful acid work with light citrus tones, light strawberry flavors, a faint cranberry pucker, and multiple layers of inorganic earth.

She has a marine and salty quality that it Is simply delicious.

Simply what you want in an affordable rosé.

Bravo.

Price = $15

http://www.chapoutier.fr/

N = A
T = A
I = A
Overall = A

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“The 2016 Bila-Haut “Les Vignes” Rosé is a blend of 78% Grenache, 14% Cinsault and 8% Syrah from sustainably farmed, mature vineyards in the Agly Valley, rounded out by grapes from Chapoutier’s own organically farmed vineyards in the Roussillon. The Agly River forms the southern border of the Corbières Massif in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Yields here are typically lower than elsewhere in the Roussillon, Languedoc and southern France in general, resulting in higher quality fruit. With this wine, Chapoutier has set out to create a more delicate, elegant rosé. Grenache supplies crisp mineral flavors with a hint of citrus in the finish. Cinsault delivers red fruit and gentle floral aromas. Syrah lends spice notes, mingled with hints of licorice, anise and leather.”

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