Can it get any better on a hot summer night? I don’t think so! “Electrifying” might be an understatement! If you love Provence! Rhone varieties! Sparkling wine! Rosé! Then Louis Barroul’s first commercial release of Chateau de Rouanne Brut Rosé 2019 is an absolute MUST TRY and new discovery for you! YES! That is the same Louis Barroul who is the winemaker and owner of the legendary Saint Cosme estate winery in Gigondas (Rhone Valley – southern France). Can you say “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
Louis Barroul purchased the Chateau de Rouanne estate just over a year ago. The property is a one block monopole (150+ acres of vineyard) of 50-75 year old massale planted vines on ancient limestone and sandy marl in the Vinsobres AOC. He has used the property in the past for many of his négociant wines. For his first wine, Barroul has used indigenous yeast for a traditional, long and slow co-fermentation of 55% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Marselan, and 5% Grenache in cement vats. Perhaps the Charmat methode is in practice here? Because the “secondary fermentation” has not been disgorged, and there is no evidence of significant lees. One way or another, the result is a absolutely dry sparkling wine, refreshingly linear, refined and lilting.
In a nutshell, the color is a brilliant “neon watermelon” with great clarity. The aromas are redolent and compelling, full of crushed strawberries, spice, a slight garrigue, and chalky talcum minerality. The bubbles are plentiful, fine and energized. On the palate the pretty strawberry-raspberry essence is charged, but so elegantly displayed. Seriously, such an impressive, unique and enjoyable wine, Renée and I can’t recommend more highly.
Obviously we won’t be able to visit Provence this summer, but this should help relieve the travel blues.