From: Languedoc, France
Varietals: 80% Grenache, 20% Cinsault
Family-owned since its inception, Bernard Coste is the 11th generation in charge of Domaine Montrose. His son Olivier joined him in 2009. Together, they utilize 300 years of history and tradition to produce wines of elegance and excellence. The domaine is located in Côtes de Thongue, in the Languedoc region, just a few kilometers from Pézenas and the Mediterranean Sea. Côtes de Thongue is a small appellation made up of about fifty producers. The producers of this wine appellation have declined in using the official AOC certification in order to ensure their freedom to produce wines of their liking. This appellation has a Mediterranean climate: cold and dry winter, hot and dry summer, humid spring and fall. Montrose vines are grown on soils that are typical for this appellation: Villafranchian terraces (small round pebbles), clay-limestone, and basalt.
This wine may seem familiar, and we have worked with the Domaine before, but it has a new name/label this year. This is because, for some time, Château Montrose Saint Estèphe has been waging war against Domaine Montrose. Even though they’ve peacefully coexisted for many decades, the Château sued. They want people to believe that Domaine Montrose is taking advantage of their notoriety to sell their wines. The courts have ruled in the Domaine's favor twice, highlighting its lengthy existence and good faith. Domaine Montrose was founded in the 16th century in the Languedoc, while Château Montrose was created in 1820 in Bordeaux. They also make no rosé. But, in order to minimize risk and headache, Domaine Montrose has edited their rosé label.
Tasting Notes: This wine exhibits lively notes of small red berries and citrus flavors: think nervy strawberry and blood orange flavors that deepen with air, on the nose and palate. It is well-balanced and elegant, combining light floral-driven persistence and freshness. Energetic and focused.
Pairing: Enjoy the Montrose Rosé chilled on its own or paired with grilled fish, grilled meat, and salads.
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