Chateau Valcombe 2017 'Epicure' Rose, Ventoux AOC
Item Number: 11556
Sub Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Ventoux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Grenache / 25% Cinsault and Syrah
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Vintage Notes: While Luc Guenard mentioned that hydric stress was not much of an issue for him in 2017, his vineyards were hit hard by a May 17th frost, resulting in a 35% reduction of crop. The vineyards he normally uses for rosé were particularly devastated, so he included some fruit from prime sites usually destined for the Ventoux Rouge “Epicure” this vintage—a solution that elevated the rosé beyond even its usual high level.
Winemaking Notes: Comprising 50% Grenache, with 25% each Cinsault and Syrah, the 2017 Ventoux Rosé is made entirely from direct-press wine picked at rosé ripeness.
Tasting Notes: As is typically the case, this vintage completely lacks any confected character, expressing its dusty, rugged environment of origin clearly and honestly. Copper-pink with a silvery cast, it offers a juicy, attractive, red-fruited nose. The palate is crunchy and tension-filled—a profoundly dry wine that suffers none of the excesses of Grenache’s susceptibility to jamminess.