2012 Mas des Bressades Rose

Year: 2012
Appellation: Costieres de Nimes
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Rosé Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Made via saignée and a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault, the 2012 Mas des Bressades Rosé is a deep raspberry color and pure, seamless and elegant. Showing lovely wild strawberry, raspberry, rosé petal and underlying minerality, it flows onto the palate with a light, refreshing texture, no hard edges and perfect balance between the acidity and fruit. Slightly richer than the 2012 Mas Carlot, it plays in the same ballpark and has the freshness and purity for a summer day, yet will also be a brilliant addition to any summer table. [Drink now-2013] Importer: Robert Kacher Selections, www.robertkacherselections.com" (WA)

Winery Notes:
The 99-acre estate of Mas des Bressades is considered by many as the top estate in Costières de Nîmes, located 35 miles southwest of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the western side of the Rhône. It is run by Cyril Marès and his lovely wife Natalie Blanc, who owns the adjacent estate, Mas Carlot. This beautiful Rosé is made by saignée of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Cyril Marès limits yields of these varietals and harvests the fruit specifically to produce rosé wine. This savvy approach assures the delicate color and powerful perfumes found in the Mas des Bressades Rosé. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault and is vinified completely in tank. The Grenache vines here are between 25 and 60+ years old and the Syrah and Cinsault are in their 30’s. The yields for this wine are between 35 and 40 hectoliter per hectare. With vivid and pale color, it always shows extraordinary bright fruit and spice in the nose. Fat in the mouth, it is a well-balanced rosé with very precise aromas. A real pleasure! You may drink it by itself for your apéritif or to accompany summer meals, like grilled fish or meat.