2012 Chateau Coupe Roses, La Bastide, Minervois, France.
This beautiful and delicate Minervois has heightened aromatics a fresh palate and an exotic lingering finish, it feels richly flavored, but it is light/medium bodied wine, perfect for many cuisines and summertime. Chateau Coupe Roses is an organic estate close to Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) in the village area of La Caunette in the higher Minervois and the vines are on sloping limestone hillsides, along with olive trees, roses and garrigue. The 2012 La Bastide is made up of mostly Grenache and Syrah with some mourvedre and Cinsault, it is tank and vat raised with the Grenache and Syrah getting most of the focus, then aged in neutral cask for about 6 months. The wine is juicy, delightfully alive and shows heady perfume with a bouquet of wild flowers, garrigue and lavender leading to a array of red fruits, mineral and red spices with raspberry, plum and blueberry along with grenadine, strawberry and dried flower tea. There is touches of cracked pepper, chalky stones and anise that add to the whole, this is a fine effort and a bargain for the price, drink now and for the next few years.
($16 Est.) 91+ Points, grapelive
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