Château Montaud 'Extrait de Terroir' Côtes de Provence AOP Rosé 2018

Château Montaud 'Extrait de Terroir' Côtes de Provence AOP Rosé 2018
£15.00 / bottle£171.00 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: France
Grape variety: Cinsault
Grape variety: Grenache/ Garnacha
Grape variety: Shiraz/ Syrah
Wine region: Provence
Wine style: Fresh Rosés
Wine Type: Rosé Wines
Grape variety: Mourvèdre
Wine Type: New Wines
Drink: now to 2022
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 12.5%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

Château Montaud is in the heart of Provence, its vines grown on schist and sandstone terraces; these soils contribute to the complexity and minerality of this rosé. The Ravel family has been producing wines there for three generations  - and have found evidence that the Romans had vineyards there quite some time before them. Sustainability is at the core of all they do and they use integrated farming techniques - tilling, manual work on the vines and minimal intervention - they have Haute Valeur Environmentale certification as proof of their environmentally friendly practices.


The wine

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I am very fussy about wine generally but particularly about rosé wine. A rosé has to be really special to be included in my portfolio. And so you can expect great things from this, Château Montaud's top wine. Do not confuse this with the straight Château Montaud rosé which is more entry-level; this rosé is known as 'Extrait de Terroir' and from the 2019 vintage as 'Pierrefeu'.


You will not be disapointed with this Côtes de Provence rosé wine produced from Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes - in this instance 50%, 30%, 10% and 10% respectively. It also comes Highly Recommended by Decanter magazine.

Pale salmon in colour but bursting with aromas and flavours - red fruits - raspberry and redcurrant - also cherries and some floral and mineral notes. The wine is dry, with crisp acidity and a long mineral and fruity finish. It's also great value, if I say so myself!

Food Pairing

Like many rosé wines, this is a great wine for drinking as an aperitif or with food; it is very versatile and it is easier to list the foods that you might want to avoid with this wine - butter based sauces, creamy sauces, curry, strong cheeses.

The producer recommends it as an aperitif with canapés or fresh cold meats and with seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, vegetable flan, exotic and Japanese cuisine.

Producer's Notes

"In this Pierrefeu terroir, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre come together to produce a bright, elegant & pale rosé that is a light salmon-pink. On the palate its structure expresses the minerality of our terroir."

Awards

91 points & Highly Recommended    Decanter     Aug 2019
"An elegant nose of fresh fruit, raspberries, violets and an intriguing Turkish delight. Ripe rhubarb and cream fruit texture add to its long mineral finish."

Gold medal     Concours Général Agricole    Paris 2017

The top rosé wine from Château Montaud, is this Extrait de Terroir, also known as Pierrefeu; a complex blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah so lots of red fruits, cherries and mineral notes from the shale soils. A lovely organic Provence rosé

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