Selected, blended and aged in France by Sélections Chartier at Clos des Augustins, Pic Saint-Loup, Saint-Mathieu-de-Tréviers.
The Origins of the name
This rosé was called ʺL’Épine de la Rose” in reference to the spicy, prickly flavours of Asian and Mexican cuisines which match perfectly with this wine. It also evokes the floral fragrances, the colour and all the ingredients that share aromas with roses and pair perfectly with this wine.
Complementary ingredients for a successful harmony
François Chartier wants to create gastronomic rosés that will pair with the flavourful ingredients of summer cuisine, but that can continue aging in the bottle for two years. Wines which will develop even more aromatic complexity and texture, allowing them to be paired with warmer fall and winter cuisines.
Pair this rosé to your favourite dishes that include one or more of these ingredients: saffron, Sriracha sauce and other hot sauces, salmon and trout, fish or red meat tartares, shrimps and scampies, calamari and squid, tuna, fresh and sundried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, potatoes and other grilled vegetables, bean sprouts, grilled white meats, basil, pink grapefruit juice, peanuts, roasted sesame oil, olive oil, paprika, pimenton, Espelette pepper, hot peppers, rose water, and red apples, among others.
It will be perfect harmony between summer recipes (even the spiciest) and L’Épine de la rose.
The grapes come mainly from the Pic Saint-Loup AOC and some neighbouring zones. The Mezy family’s Clos des Augustins domain is biodynamic. The vineyards are on terroirs of red clay over worn pebbles, some hotter than others, that yield superbly mature fruits on the vine, despite the brisk nights of this area located north of Montpellier. Young and old vines planted in different types of soils participate in the creation of this cuvée, which is the result of direct pressing and maturing intended to give it a unique patina in the mouth that distinguishes it from the vast majority of rosés. As with all the other wines by Chartier, Bordeaux oenologist Pascal Chatonnet was involved in all creative stages. Winegrowers and oenologists Frédéric and Pauline Mezy also helped elaborate this rosé.
The fifth label of Les Vins Harmonies line, this wine comes from the superb 2015 Mediterranean vintage and is produced by François Chartier at Le Clos des Augustins, in the Languedoc appellation of Pic Saint-Loup. Fragrant, sustained, complex and velvety – thanks to the selection of very old Grenache Noir vines, supplemented by a higher proportion of Syrah to spice up and tonify its aromatic profile – this rosé is sure to be another consumer favourite! These wines by François Chartier represent a benchmark in rosé wines in Quebec, not only because they are popular with connoisseurs, but also because they are regularly chosen by columnists in the food and wine press.