Summer 2010 brings a 3rd medaille de Mumu, and the award goes to..Château Miraval’s Pink Floyd!
Winery: Château Miraval
Wine Name: Pink Floyd
Composition: old vine Cinsault and Grenache
Region: Côtes de Provence
Alcohol: 13.5 %
US Importer: Various in California Premier Wines
US Retail: $16-18
Food: Rosemary roasted chicken, roast beef sandwiches with aioli, fennel stuffed grilled snapper, olives and cheese, brandade with crackers, ratatouille with couscous..
Château Miraval’s “Pink Floyd” Rosé is composed of organically grown cinsault and Grenache grapes grown on the clay/limestone soils of the domaine. These old vines are hand harvested at yields averaging 30hl/ha, and quickly transported to the cellar in small containers or cagettes.
Miraval’s Pink Floyd rosé is produced via the saignée method, whereby red grapes, either crushed or uncrushed but broken (preferable), are chilled down and allowed to macerate anywhere between several hours (in the case of the Pink Floyd) to several days. The juice will then be drawn off or drained, and without being pressed.
Fermentation then takes place over the course of approximately 21 days at around 16 degrees Celsius. A long cool fermentation encourages the development of more delicate and fruity esters, which are important characteristics in a high quality rosé wine. The finished wine undergoes a light filtration before bottling.
I have already professed to you all my love of rosé. That being said, it should come as no surprise that I taste and imbibe probably more than my fair share. However my affinity for the pink in no way clouds my judgment on the quality and balance of a particular wine. I am very discerning when it comes to drinking and recommending the stuff.
Château Miraval’s 2009 “Pink Floyd” is for me a most quintessential rosé from the south of France. If you’ve never tried a rosé from Provence,this is a great place to start. If you are already a connoisseur of pink wines, or a foodie looking for the perfect wine to pair with just about anything Provencal, then this is your wine!
Think light, bright, delicate..dry and crisp, with just enough subtle fruit nuances of wild strawberries, pink lady apple and fresh mint leaves. Producing a rosé that deftly balances lively but delicate fruit, good acidity and a snappy mouthfeel is no easy feat. Château Miraval gets the balance just right on this one.
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