Chateau Saint Pierre has a similar past to other wines we've featured from Europe recently. It was originally a church that was founded in 1055 and then the property was bequeathed to the Saint Victor Abbey who turned it into a wine estate. As it travelled through the millennia with various owners, it finally came under the stewardship the Victor family headed by Jean- Philippe. He has become the fifth generation to run the property since his great grandfather purchased it 100 years earlier. His dedication to making Rose is above and beyond nearly all others.
Ours is a classic blend of 60% Cinsault and 40% Grenache. The Cinsault is a revelation in that it is one of the least known, yet most used, of any grape on Earth. Somehow it never becomes the star, but its supporting role is award winning. Here, it takes center stage and is as beguiling and exciting as ever. Their southwest facing vineyards provide ample sunshine, ripening the grapes to perfection and providing the necessary nutrients for maximum extraction. This Rose offers the challenging fruit of pomegranate and peach with swashes of lime peel, strawberry, and clover. There is also a lovely amount of floral essences like rose petals, nasturtium, and jasmine.
There is nearly no food this selection wouldn't shine with and improve. Its lightness makes it perfect for fish like salmon rillettes seasoned with onion and dill, a country pate on sourdough bread and mustard or fried chicken.