Piquepoul Rosé, Coteaux d'Ensérune, Foncalieu 2019
[Provence rosés] are rosés that are sometimes so pale only the slightest tint of pink separates them from white wines – a style that has been adopted, sometimes with great finesse, by producers up the Mediterranean coast in the Languedoc, among them the Foncalieu co-operative, which makes a particularly good value example from the rare (a mere 250 acres remain) piquepoul noir variety that has just the requisite hazy, pastel-shaded strawberry and easy freshness to start the season.
David Willams, The Guardian, 17th May 2020
A charming strawberry scented Rosé with freshness and delicacy. Light easy drink from the South of France.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Region||South of France|
|Area||Vin de France|
|Style||Dry and crisp|
|Grapes||100% Picquepoul Noir|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
…there is remarkable innovation [in the Languedoc], too, with the use of grape varieties unexpected so far south or ones few drinkers have ever previously encountered. It’s not only independent, individualistic growers who are taking that route; intriguing examples also come from such larger-scale operations as Vignobles Foncalieu, the co-operative grouping of almost 700 Languedoc growers. They offer a sauvignon gris, for example, a cabernet franc – and a picpoul noir. That’s the rare dark sibling of the picpoul blanc which Mediterranean holidaymakers (and many Brits once home) match with local oysters. Foncalieu Piquepoul Rosé has restrained melon and red fruit aromas, crisp, creamy and smoothly intense fruit flavours with a mineral-edged finish.