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Rose, 2019. Ombre

Rose, 2019. Ombre

Item #: R0520R2IF
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: IGP Pays D'Herault, France
Color: Pale Pink
Nose: Spice, Berry
Palate: Forward Berry
Finish: Lovely, Citrus Edge
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Seafood, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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A large cooperative produces Ombre in France's Provence region known as Herault. Thirty years ago, all the wines from here were simply labeled Provence, as there didn't seem to be any significant distinction between any of them. This caused the growers to band together and upgrade the quality of their wines.

As a result, today offers a different world here and speaks of the dedication of these growers to finally get the attention they deserve. The appellation of origin moniker in France, AOC, is very strict and very powerful. It signifies quality and thus was a designation that growers in the Provence wanted. Some were able to qualify, but it was a slow process.

As a step toward AOC, they came up with IGP, which translates into a product, which typifies the area. It's sort of the same, but sort of different. Herault is so designated, which is the first step toward AOC status, a position we're sure they will get because the wines are both delicious and distinctive.

The name means shadow or shade. It refers to how the leaves of the vine are trained to filter the sun through them. This slows the maturation of the grapes. In doing so, they can extract more nutrients. In this case, the grape is Grenache, the principal variety in the great Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As a rose, it exhibits a lovely spicy, grapey character in the nose and palate. A perfect foil for rabbit stew or sweetbreads.