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2017 Pinot Gris Rosé, Domaine La Provenquière

2017 Pinot Gris Rosé, Domaine La Provenquière
ref. PROV170 MAY18

Wine Variety: The origins of Pinot Gris are lost in the depths of time, somewhere between the present day and the time of the Pinot family's origin, thought to be c. 2,000 years ago. (It is entirely possible that the original Pinot was domesticated from the wild.) There are a great many clones of Pinot covering all the colours possible in a grape, sometimes even on the same plant. Pinot Gris, as Pinot Beurot, is thought to have originated in Burgundy. As Fromenteau it appeared very early on to the north of Paris and, indeed, is still a permitted variety in Champagne. Hitherto, the vine was grown in Alsace under the name Tokay Pinot Gris until Hungary objected, saying that consumer confusion with its own Tokaji was inevitable. 

Wine Region: The Languedoc in the Mediterranean south of the country produces a third of all France's wine, but very little of it is of AC quality. Named for the archaic language of the region - Occitan - this is where vines were first planted in France in 125BC.

Wine Producer: The domaine, based around a 15th century castle, is located near Béziers. The Robert family bought the estate in 1954 and now manage 155 hectares of vineyards spread over three communes. The property was once owned by Paul Teissonnière, counsellor to Napoleon III.

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Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
  Producer
Producer:
Domaine La Provenquière
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
8°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12%
  Country
Country:
France
  Appellation
Appellation:
IGP Pays d'Oc
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Languedoc
  Colour
Colour:
Still Rosé
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

This really is a wine you don't want to serve too cold. Pinot Gris is a variety with a great deal of character: a personality that becomes obfuscated if overly chilled. This is a really pale wine in the glass: a light golden salmon colour. I've let this warm to 15 degrees C or so (i.e. it's been out of the fridge for 40 minutes or thereabouts). It has a rich nose showing more than a little citrus character, especially orange. There's a hint of cold ferment in the wisp of pear drops, but I can also find scents of nut and peach and domestic red fruits. The palate is rich-but-dry and there's a texture like fine dusty earth across the tongue. Nuts reappear on the palate. Nice density here. And it's a decent long wine containing a fair bit of spice. It becomes piquant at the rear, with a chalky tackiness. At this temperature, it's very nice. NOT TOO COLD!!

#3wordtastingnote: dry, refreshing, spice

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