Traditional method, Extra - Brut Grape varities used : Cinsault, grenache.
Will keep for 2 years.
Serve at 8 to 10°C.
Vinification method :
First fermentation : Each grape variety is harvested and vinified separately. The first fermentation follows the same principles as making rosé with a direct pressing. The grapes are de-stemmed then cooled to 15°C before pressing in a pneumatic wine press. The first juices are selected, then left to settle at 15°C. The fermentation is thermo-regulated at 17°C in stainless steel vats. The wines are racked after fermentation, fined, blended and then filtered.
Second fermentation : The “bottle” or second fermentation is made by adding the grape must (which is normally called “liqueur de tirage”- a blend of sugar and yeasts - in the traditional making method) which has been previously filtered and kept at low temperature to avoid onset of fermentation. We estimate the quantity of must to add based on the potential alcohol content of the juice, the actual degree of the base wine and the amount of carbon dioxide pressure to reach after the secondary fermentation. It corresponds with an approximate 10% volume and allows a diminution of alcoholic degrees which rises again after the second fermentation. This method allows us to produce a sparkling wine from a base wine with higher alcohol content than is produced by the traditional method so is particularly well adapted to the areas where the grapes have a potential alcohol strength of above 12°/vol – notably in Provence. The maturing takes nine months in bottles stored horizontally on laths. After maturing the bottles are placed neck down, on the tip, then little by little tilted upwards in order to bring the sediment produced during the second fermentation, to the top. The residue which has collected in the neck of the bottle is frozen, and using the internal pressure, is expulsed in one block, leaving no deposit. The bottles are then topped up with the same wine, the sugar content can be adjusted to obtain the correct level from an “extra brut” sparkling wine. Finally they are stoppered with natural cork and mechanically wire-capped.
Tasting notes : This rosé wine is finely sparkling with an elegant pale rose color. The nose is fresh with a subtle apricot edge to red fruits with distinctive toastiness. This well balanced wine is fresh and well rounded giving a fruity and voluptuous finish.