Revealing Rose: Ch. du DONJON Rosé, Minervois, 2014

JeanPanisAndPupsRosé is hot. All over the world, dry Rosé has become the summer sipping wine of choice and nowhere does dry Rosé better than the south of France. For the next few weeks, we’ll be Revealing Rosé, or looking at some super summer sippers that are pretty in pink.

The Person:
Jean Panis, owner and son of long-time owner and winemaker Guy Panis who really put Donjon on the wine map.Since he took over, Jean has further improved things and Donjon has gone from success to success.

The Place:
The Donjon (a fortified tower – the basement of which is a “dungeon”)in Minervois and the estate vineyards associated with it.

The Story:
Ch. du Donjon has been in the Panis family for 500 years. The 700 year-old Donjon, a fortified tower with a basement and sub-basement to store food and arms in case of siege, is an impressive structure, with an imposing square tower and stone walls more than two feet thick. The winery is inside the Donjon, taking advantage of the temperature inertia provided by the thick walls (although modern temperature controls are available when needed).

The Wine:
Donjon_Rose_300dpi_LabelCh. du DONJON Rosé, Minervois, 2014
A 12.5% alcohol Rosé blend 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Cinsault made using saignee (bleeding lightly colored juice from a tank of just fermenting red wine) with no malo-lactic fermentation.   Pink-orange in color with good legs; dry, medium light-bodied with fresh acidity and very light phenolics.  Supple, richer-style rosé (classic). Lots of red cherry and berry essense fruit with enough citrus to keep it fresh and balanced along with its earthy mineral component. The result is a delicious, easy-to-drink-and-like Rosé that goes well with meals ranging cold meats and salads to summer seafood dishes to Bouillabaisse (or other seafood soups and stews such as gumbo or cioppino). YUM! BearScore: 91+.

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