Rose, 2020. Chateau Vignelaure

Rose, 2020. Chateau Vignelaure

Item #: R1022R1
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: Coteaux D'Aix, France
Color: Lovely Pink
Nose: Cherry
Palate: Peach, Citrus
Finish: Clinging
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Seafood, Appetizers/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection has a fascinating history that covers not only the Provence, where it is located, but other parts of France and other countries as well. The original chateaux was built in the late 1960s George Brunet, the former owner of Chateaux La Lagune, a Bordeaux Grand Cru property that is highly respected.

He was the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the Provence using cuttings from La Lagune, a brilliant move that proved Bordeaux grapes can make great wines here. Of course, using cuttings from outstanding property doesn't hurt your chances. It was held as revolutionary at the time.

Since then, the three owners of the property over the next 30 years planted Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino as well. The first rose wasn't crafted until 1992. We figure they wanted to make sure they got it right. In 1997 the property was purchased by Mette and Bengt Sundstrom, a Scandinavian couple who owned Lauritz, a large and respected auction company. They auctioned everything from jewelry to classic cars and, yes, wine. Obviously owning a winery was probably less daunting than manufacturing automobiles.

Our selection is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Vermentino. The vines are now 25 to 40 years old, which accounts for the intense flavors, even transparent in a rose. Cherry blossom and rose petals are the first wave of aromas and flavors. Then you are seduced by the peach and cantaloupe and finally grapefruit. Matching with a seafood pasta a charcuterie plate would be divine.