Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup Rosé, 2013
Pic Saint Loup is a mountain in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup makes wine that represents this region characteristically but also using entirely biodynamic methods when cultivating their vines. Simply put and as their website states, they are the “Forerunners of this technique since they started, the brothers simply turn over the ground and use no pesticides.”
I uncorked their classic Rosé, 2013. The vines are grown in soil of red chalky-clay, scree from the slope bottom, and gravette. Their 2013 Rosé is a blend of 30% each; Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and 10% Cinsault. My glass of wine bloomed with discreet aromas of stone fruit and minerality and after some time in the glass, creaminess showed through. After several sips (for research purposes only) this had delicious flavors of exotic fruit, spice, and finished with a very subtle sour cherry. Again, with time in the glass, allowing it naturally aerate, the wine got even better – becoming softer. In fact, let it roll around your tongue for a bit, it’s pretty fantastic. Serve at about 53-55 degrees for maximum gratification. I picked up my bottle at Wine with Me (Itasca), upon a recommendation from the owner, Mark. It’s wine like this one that makes me question why I don’t drink more Rosé.