2012 Château Grande Cassagne Costières de Nîmes Rosé
Château Grande Cassagne, owned and operated by Benoît and Laurent Dardé, is situated on the western edge of the Rhône Valley near the village of St. Gilles. Their vineyards are planted on an ancient riverbed covered with cailloux, or round weathered stones. The Dardé brothers are well known for their exemplary red wines of deep concentration. However, their best-kept secret may be their rosé. This rosé is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, and comes from tiny berries of forty-plus year old vines. Fermented a short time on its skins, it retains an electric pink color, soaring aromatics and fully dry palate. It exudes red fruits and a strawberry perfume. Serve well chilled! (Robert Kacher) 13% abv.