"Le Saint Pâle" Gamay Noir Rosé 2018
5 months on fine lees in stainless steel
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.
The 2018 vintage of the “Le Saint Pâle” Rosé is delicate and lively yet fleshy and generous. Vibrant aromas of red fruit, watermelon rind and lime blossom are supported by the subtlest touches of aniseed and lanolin. The palate is bright, energetic and mouthwatering with ripe orchard fruit 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.