Chateau Mourgues Du Gres 'Galets Roses' Rhone Valley (Costieres de Nimes), France 2020Regular price $15.00
Both this winemaker and his vineyard have deeply historical pedigrees. Mourgues du Gres means “nuns of the stones,” in reference to the convent here in the Southern Rhone, that used to produce wines for the Pope of Avignon. Now a family-owned winery, this winemaker moved back to the estate, after training with Lafiate-Rothschild (no big deal), to usher his family’s enterprise into the new era of appellation status for the Costieres de Nimes.
Made from (mostly) Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, grown organically and biodynamically in fields studded with the same galets (round, flat stones) that Chateauneuf du Pape is famous for. With the cooler nights and mistral winds here the grapes can hang to full ripeness. Aged on the lees and bottled without sulphur this ample rosé shows red currants, wild berries, and aromatic spices. A touch of mint on the palate even! Excellent rosé to enjoy with a meal.
Food Ideas: grilled salmon w/artichoke heart and olive salad, roasted harissa carrots w/spiced yogurt, mussels in escabeche, Thai fried rice