2021 Château Coupe-Roses 'Frémillant' Rosé
40% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault, 20% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Certified organic. From vineyards on rocky hillsides of limestone and clay at 850 to 1400 feet above sea level. A direct-press rosé based on Mourvèdre from parcels chosen just for this rosé, harvested by hand, fermented naturally, and aged in tank. Frémillant is an old Occitane word referring to light red wine, and this is not a pale Provençal rosé--rather, it is a deliciously bone dry, character-filled rosé.
The Le Calvez family manage Château Coupe Roses high in the Mediterranean hinterlands. The winery was founded just in 2008 but the Le Calvez family has been here for 12 generations. Their vineyards are in Le Causse and Le Petit Causse, 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. The wines from Coupe Roses have excellent acidity and freshness, without any plodding, overripe character that can be typical of vineyards at lower elevations. François Serre, consulting enologist at Château Rayas in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, has been the consulting at Coupe Roses since 1991.