About This Wine...
The ancient southern French wine-producing region of ‘La Clape’ is distinctly Mediterranean. The vineyards slope gently donw towards the shoreline and bask in over 300 days of sunshine per year. By night cool sea air carries with it moisture that not only allows the grapes to achieve their full flavour and ripeness but also imparts a freshness which is reflected in the elegant character of the finished wine.
The ‘Classique’ range of wines are smooth and impressive, made form hand-picked grapes and bottled at the estate.
Mourvèdre (80%), Syrah (10%), Grenache (10%).
One of the best rosés tasted in many a long year, delicte yet flavoursome, with a deliciously textured, creamy character.
Terroir: Hard limestone screes of the mountain of La Clape. Miocene pebble terrace. Warm and dry climate tempered by the Mediterranean. Slow ripening thanks to cooler nights on the shores of the sea.
Growing methd: Sustainable practices according to ASCERT charter for respect of the environment and complexity of the wine: composted pomace amendment, crushed unwanted shoots, plowing, no insecticides, no weed killers.
Harvest: Two-months-long picking according to maturity of each varity. Grapes are hand-selected.
Vinification: Total de-stemming, juice is gravity-fed into vats, cleaned from bad lees twice, traditional temperature-controlled fermentation. Mourvèdre is directly pressed, Syrah and Grenache come from “bleeding”.
Ageing: Stirring on the fine lees in concrete vats during 3 months. Light fining for stabilisation.
Ageing potential: Enjoy fresh and fruity in the first 3 years. Ageing potential of 4 to 5 years.
Food pairing: Will definitely match all kinds of summer dishes like salads and grilled or barbecued foods. Also excellent with Asian cuisine, red berries-based desserts.
Service :Aerate and drink around 12°C/50°F. If served too cold, this wine will not develop its full aroma.
What they say:
“Even when I’m in the swimming pool, I enjoy drinking tasty rosé. The expressive and structured rosé d’Anglès is also very much appreciated matching with food”
Eric Fabre, winemaker
“A ripe, rich and exotic rosé; displaying flavors of melon and passion fruit that are joined by hints of mango and ripe pear. The creamy finish shows lots of spice. Wine Spectator 90/100 pts (2010)
It takes a lot to make me enthusiastic about a rosé, but I was really taken by Ch d’Anglès, Classique Rosé from La Clape, a singular, pale orangey pink blend of mainly Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache that had a rather umami quality to it, lovely freshness and a proper dry finish. ‘Real wine’, I wrote, and thought it would make both a good aperitif and is quite substantial enough to go with food. It’s more assertive than a typical Provençal rosé and much drier than most New World pinks.
“Wine of the week” by Jancis Robinson