2011 Chateau Grande Cassagne Rose

Year: 2011
Appellation: Costieres de Nimes
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 85
Rosé Wine
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"A breezy style, with open-knit watermelon and strawberry notes. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Château Grande Cassagne, owned and operated by Benoît and Laurent Dardé, is situated on the western edge of the Rhône Valley near the village of St. Gilles. Their vineyards are planted on an ancient riverbed covered with cailloux, or round weathered stones.

The Dardé brothers are well known for their exemplary red wines of deep concentration. However, their best-kept secret may be their Rosé. Made from three grapes, the wine exudes red fruits and a strawberry perfume. This Rosé is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and comes from tiny berries of forty-plus year old vines.

Fermented a short time on its skins, it retains an electric pink color, soaring aromatics, and fully dry palate. Serve well chilled!