"Le Saint Pâle" Gamay Noir Rosé 2016

Beaujolais, Burgundy
Gamay Noir
5 months on fine lees in stainless steel
12.7% alc/vol
All the colors of Beaujolais
Maison L’Envoyé selects distinct parcels from a handful of growers predominantly on the southern side of Mont Brouilly. These vineyard blocks are planted on the renowned upper slopes, contain vines that are more than 40 years old, and are farmed specifically for the production of rosé.
The Gamay Noir clusters were picked at night and immediately transported to the winery. After gentle de-stemming, the juice was left in contact with the skins for up to 8 hours to extract color and build texture. The grapes were then gently pressed and the juice moved to stainless steel tanks where fermentation took place at an average temperature of 55°F.
Tasting Notes
The maiden release of the “Le Saint Pâle” Rosé is delicate and lively yet fleshy and generous. Enticing aromas of tangerine, watermelon, lime blossom and wild strawberry are supported by the subtlest touches of aniseed and lanolin. The palate is bright, energetic and mouthwatering with fresh summer fruits and floral notes supported by a steely mineral backbone. The wine’s juicy natural acidity is complemented by an underlying creaminess that enlivens the mouthfeel and delivers balance to the long and luscious finish.
90 pts

"Bright onion skin. Mineral-accented strawberry, orange and candied lavender scents, backed by a subtle herb nuance. Dry and sharply focused in the mouth, offering tangy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a bracing, refreshingly bitter citrus pith note on the back half. The mineral-driven, incisive finish shows very good clarity and hangs on with strong tenacity."

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (June 2016)