2015AramonRose2015 L’ Argentier-Elisabeth & Francois Jourdan, Rose of Aramon, Vieilles Vignes, Languedoc France.
While less intense than the 2014 the Aragon Rose old vines from vignerons Elisabeth & Francois Jourdan is still an exciting and rare wine from the Languedoc with unique character. Aramon is a native ancient varietal that has gone out of favor in region, but offers plenty of flavor, even though the big berried grape is much more difficult to grow and has less of a market in the production of fine still wine, this red grape seems better suited to rose much as the case with Tibouren in Provence. The crisp Aramon has a beautiful bright pink color in the glass with tart cherry, rosewater, watermelon, red nectarine and tangy spiced citrus. From my experience with the last vintage, it is best to enjoy this delicate Rose young, unlike the leesy Tibouren that lasts years and years, the Aramon seems to lose it’s vigor and life after 6 to 8 months in bottle and turns creamy and flat, so again, best to get it now and enjoy this summer, drink every last one. The Jourdan’s used to play up the estate’s L’Argentier name, but now are looking to focus your attention on the varietal first and foremost, but regardless, this is a sappy Rose that delivers nice mineral, stone and dry fruity quality with hints of chalky spices. Imported by Wine Wise, it is well worth searching out, quaff it up quickly!
($16 Est.) 89 Points, grapelive

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