Domaine de La Sanglière (a Grenache-based red from old vines, reviewed here) was a curiously enjoyable mixture of the fun and the serious, and this rosé was equally intriguing and appealing.
The Domaine was established in 1980 by Francois Devictor in the idyllically-named village of Borme Les Mimosas just a few kilometres inland from the Mediterranean in southern Provence where marine breezes moderate both the cold of winter and the heat of summer.
The vines for this wine - Cinsault (c.80% for aromatic, fresh suppleness) and Grenache (c.20% for roundedness) - are tended organically with a respect for nature that is at the heart of the domaine's membership of Patrimoine des Terroirs.
With the grapes picked at night and pressed under CO2 to preserve freshness and a short cold maceration to prevent the development of colour, the resulting wine is a very pale salmon-mousse pink in the bottle - paler, indeed, than many an oaky white.
It is mouthfilling with ripe-yet-crisp redcurrant fruit acidity and a gentle, mineral finish.
Medium-bodied and aromatic with refreshing acidity, it matches best with something fairly light with regional herbs, such as white fish in a herby broth and vegetables roasted with rosemary and sage; it will also cut through soft white or creamy cheeses nicely.
€9.90 from the domaine - provided for review.
Domaine de La Sanglière - http://www.domaine-sangliere.com/
Patrimoines des Terroirs - http://patrimoinevin.canalblog.com/