There are a couple of things relevant here. First is the Bila Haut, one of the early arrivals of rosé from the 2012 vintage. Michel Chapoutier's Roussillon project has been going from strength to strength and last year's inagural effort was one of the most popular we had as well as one of the best values. The 2012, a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, is lightly pressed and given skin contact after which it is fermented in jacketed stainless steel to preserve the freshness an delicacy of the fruit. Pale salmon in color, dry and crisp, this shows bright berry and melon fruit with notes of orange and a delicate minerality. It should be noted that these grapes are harvested rosé as opposed to being a saignee bled off of a red wine. It should also be said that the vintage as a whole lloks to be pretty intereting for pink wine because of the yields. We haven't heard much about the vintage except that the harvest exceptionally small. The concentration from a smaller harvest seems to be evident in many of the roses we have tasted. This delicious pink is not only a great choice for the warmer days ahead but a fine vanguard for the 2012 vintage.
Stock Report May 2013