Le Rosé Nuances 2015
A Genesis Hidden in our Memories
NUANCES Rosé was born out of our continuous tastings of Pibarnon's young and older vintage Rosés. In the past, we often had to launch a new vintage in mid-August with already more complex notes and a broad and fulfilling structure, knowing that a Classic Pibarnon Rosé can easily be drunk the following year and for years to come.
So, this is how the idea for a Grand Rosé sprung up: a rosé that would be deliberately kept in the cellar during the first spring and the first summer and would then be launched in the autumn, to be served with white meats, autumn and winter dishes, whilst maintaining hints of the Mediterranean.
A pure Mourvèdre
We naturally focused our choice on a 100% Mourvèdre, which has the immense quality of taking longer to open up, then lasting for a very long time. Of course, a Grand Rosé is also a matter of wine-making and a choice of aging. A combined option was choosen: partly in Franz Stockinger 30hl large oak cask, which is very neutral in terms of toasting, but do bring the necessary oxygen; and partly in stoneware, a noble and porous earth that gives tension and purity.
A Grand Rosé
Production remains quite small: it is an exceptional rosé. We chose our best soils, with Bandol's yields (for the record, less than 35 hl / ha). Natural yeasts, good quality wine-making temperature of (21/23°C), to extract aromas of the grape variety, not fermentative. Wine bottled late, mid-June 2016. Available beginning October 2016.
What strikes first is the complexity and subtle aromas. Nothing exuberant, just finesse. Brambles, red fruits, already a hint of spices. Liquorice is faint, but appears from time to time. On the palate, this pure Mourvèdre Rosé develops a long structure, sappy, full-bodied and savoury. The finish is astonishing and refreshing. It draws us to white meats, lightly coloured by sweet spices. It's also a tribute to the Mediterranean: it is made for red mullet, saffron, crayfish... A great mealtime rosé, can be stored. A meditative rosé.