Organic, full-flavoured Provence Rosé.
Château Gairoird produces organic wines on its 45 hectare domaine just outside the village of Cuers in the Côtes de Provence AOC. Here Olivier Duffort grows numerous varieties including Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle, Syrah and Tibouren on typical Provence terroir; well draining, stony limestone-clay soil - gravoches - which is perfect for classic Provence Rosé. Harvested by night to make this Rosé de presse, the juice is cool-fermented for 2-3 weeks in stainless steel tanks, then stays on its fine lees until bottling in January. Côtes de Provence Rosé is all about the blend and up to 10 other varieties in tiny proportions go into this wine.
A classic Provence Rosé, deep salmon pink in colour with full-flavoured yet nicely balanced savoury fruit - very much a food Rosé. Vegan.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
On the outskirts of the village of Cuers, Château Gairoird is a 45ha certified organic domaine belonging to an old Provencal noble family - the Counts of Pierrefeu - but is not at all ostentatious. Olivier Duffort, the current count, is a quiet and thoughtful man and Château Gairoird has established a reputation for its own bottled wines, having previously sold its wines in bulk.
The climate here is Mediterranean, as you would expect, but the vines are kept cool and dry by the Mistral that blows through the vineyards. The terroir is classic Provence with free-draining, chalky-clay soil dotted with galets and, with wonderful echoes of Jean de Florette, the Château has its own 'source'.
Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle
Try with tuna or seafood