Chateau Signac has been a substantial property in the Cotes du Rhone appellation since it was tended to by the Benedictine monks more than 2,000 years ago. It is now in the hands of the Boyer family, headed by Benjamin Boyer.
Like most great wine appellations, the Cote du Rhone is adjacent to a great body of water. In this case the Rhone River. Millions of years ago all of the vineyards of today in the Rhone were under water. As the water receded, it left behind sea matter, which coincidently, is the greatest natural fertilizer a grape vine can get.
Though they share the name, there are really two distinctively different areas of the Rhone Valley. The Northern Rhone produces very intense wines almost exclusively from the Syrah grape while the Southern Rhone's principle grape is Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre also very prominent. It is also responsible for arguably France's greatest roses.
This is surely one of them. Our gem is the classic blend of Grenache and Syrah, which accounts for both its power and its poise. While many expect a rose to be light and fluffy, you get none of that here. There is certainly the cool floral fantasies, but there is also the body, which is almost reminiscent of a red wine.
Here is the best of both. The strawberry and floral hints live gracefully with the full palate and cranberry notes that would stand up to anything from lamb sausage to salmon with chopped olives and tomatoes or Albacore salad with lime and arugula.