2016 COUPE ROSES "CHAMP DU ROY" MINERVOIS BLANC
A gorgeous, aromatic, dry blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Muscat Petits Grains from low-yielding mountain vineyards. Certified organic, produced with minimal intervention to deliver a crisp and refreshing white. About:The family of Françoise Le Calvez—parents, son and daughter—manage Château Coupe Roses with passion and acumen high in the Mediterranean hinterlands. Their vineyards are in Le Causse and Le Petit Causse (a causse refers to an enormous outcropping of exposed rock— in this case, limestone—that supports little more than garrigue and can cultivate little more than olives and vines). These two delimited areas make up the highest growing zones in the Minervois appellation. At 750 to 1,350 feet above sea level, these zones have relatively cool nights and the growing season is the longest in the AOC (domains down on the plain often begin harvesting a full two weeks earlier). The wines from Coupe Roses have excellent acidity and freshness, which Françoise adores, without any plodding, overripe character, which she really doesn’t adore.
Françoise’s father hails from Brittany (Le Calvez turns out to be a common Breton name), but her mother’s side of the family has been in La Caunette for at least twelve generations. The village essentially is a one-street village strung along a bench at the base of a tall limestone cliff that towers above the Cesse River.
Most of Coupe Roses’ vineyards are on the plateau above the cliff, an arid, windswept place of scrub and rock–calcified limestone that microorganisms living in the threadbare soil eat into, creating pockets for water, soil and roots.
In 2016, following his studies in enology, Françoise’s son Mathias took over as cellar master. Also, since 1991 a friend and colleague of Françoise and Pascal, François Serre, has been the consulting enologist at Coupe Roses, and he’s assisting Mathias now. For an even longer period, Serre has been the consulting enologist at Château Rayas in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Importer)
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