2015 Domaine Viticole "Malmont" Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret Rosé (Previously $17)
75% Grenache, 25% Syrah hand picked on Nicolas Haeni's relatively new, high estate. 30% free run. Pale lipstick pink. Good substance in the mouth, lightly chewy and just the merest suggestion of sweetness in its strawberry fruit thanks to the Grenache portion. Attractive dry finish. Well made and confident. Definitely southern Rhône rather than Provençal. Juicy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Giving up some resinous herbs and tart cherry nuances, the 2015 Rose from Domaine Malmont is medium-bodied, fresh and lively, with some tart acidity on the finish. (JD)
Domaine de Cabasse was a highly regarded producer making wines from the Rhone villages of Sablet, Gigondas and Seguret. The family decided to sell their property in 2012 but there was one lone family member who didn't want to see it go. Scraping together enough money, Nicolas Haeni was able to buy just the Seguret vineyard and make that the focus of his new project, "Malmont." This remarkable site is very difficult to farm and the vineyard itself is named Malmont meaning "bad mountain." When it was developed as a site under Cabasse's ownership, they used a very special Spanish method for terracing the vineyard, a practice more common in Priorat. These 4 hectares are planted to a mix of Grenache and Syrah and a small amount of Roussanne. Under his own label, Nicolas' first vintage was 2013 and we are extremely pleased to exclusively have his wines in California.