Bastide du Claux 2019 Poudriere Rose Luberon Provence France
In 2002, then-28 year old Sylvain Morey branched out from his native Chassagne-Montrachet to found Bastide du Claux–in (of all places) the Luberon, in the rugged hills of northern Provence. Since then, Sylvain has built Bastide du Claux into a reference domaine in this still-little-understood appellation, working ORGANICALLY, without chemicals or designer yeasts, and applying a very–well–Burgundian sense of precision to his vineyard and cellar procedures.
His 2019 Côtes du Luberon Rosé is a real standout, offering the ethereal pale salmon color and bright salty snap we’ve come to love about Provençal rosé, but without the confected, “commercial,” overly aromatically exuberant character that sometimes mars those wines. Sylvain picks all of the grapes at “rosé ripeness,” aiming for balancing acidity and brightness rather than sun-drenched ripeness. It’s composed of 65% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 15% Syrah, from vines between 25 and 60 years of age. All of the grapes are pressed directly, and the majority undergo no maceration, with a portion of Grenache and Cinsault spending six or so hours on their skins after the pressing. Everything is done in cement, and the wine ferments naturally. This is a non-flashy rosé of great mineral character, showing its soil influence clearly, and offering subtle red fruits and vigorous acidity on the palate. DELIGHTFUL!
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