This rose comes from the Castor family - who are "vignerons independants" or independent winemakers - based in the medieval town of Cornillon, in the Rhone Valley. Sixth generation vintner Gerard Castor took over the family estate of Chateau Saint Nabor when he was only seventeen, expanding the vineyards from seven hectares of vines to one hundred and forty hectares. For decades, quality and terroir were the focus of the Castor's small production, earning Cornillon the AOC designation of Cotes du Rhone. Although this same quality and terroir is widely available, the same focus persists alongside greater diversity of varietals, styles, and consumers.
The soil of Chateau Saint Nabor's vineyards are chalk and clay, which produces powerful and well-structured wines. The soils on the low hillside are sand and clay, which produces light and aromatic wines. The grapes for this rose are harvested at their peak ripeness, achieving the ideal balance between sugar, acid, and aroma. They are fully destemmed, crushed, and sent to a press where the fermentation occurs. The wine is then filtered and bottled young, capturing the freshness and aromas of this wine.
This is a bright rose, the color of raspberry with a light pink tint. Aromas of red fruit and honeysuckle dominate the bouquet with subtle notes reminiscent of a Linden tree in bloom. There is a refreshing acidity on the palate making for a light, crisp, and food friendly rose. Flavors of strawberries and blueberries linger on the palate followed by a clean mineral finish. Serve this wine chilled with appetizers such as watermelon and feta salad or shrimp carpaccio. This rose will also pair well with a fresh vegetable pizza (or tart) or some sweet and tangy barbecue chicken.