2016 Saint Jacques d'Albas "La Chapelle en Rose" Minervois Rosé

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Situated to the east of the walled city of Carcassonne and in the shadow of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains) lies Minervois. The village of Laure-Minervois is home to Château Saint Jacques d'Albas, a 90-hectare hillside estate. Some 26 hectares of the estate are planted to vines, with the rest composed of forests and creeks acting as a natural barrier to their neighbors. At the winery, a small team, led by owner Graham Nutter, crafts superb reds, whites and rosés, all of which are farmed organically. The "La Chapelle en Rose" is a blend of 50% direct-press Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Roussanne. It is fresh, lively and oh, so inviting.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2017 | Send Email
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During the last fourteen years of his life painter Henri Matisse, all but confined to his bed by serious illness, created some of the most powerful and liberating works in modern art— papiers découpés, or paper cutouts, brightly colored organic forms that echoed tropical flowers, luxuriant gardens, the harmonious beauty and breadth of the natural world. What does all this have to do with a wine note, you might ask? Well, wine too is an evocation of the natural world, and all that is learned in the field and contemplated in the cellar leaves its distinctive impress in the bottle and ultimately, in your glass. And since our rosé selection is pretty extensive, a gentle nod toward this one or that one might help. La Chapelle en Rose is an exceptional, limited cuvée dry rosé honoring the 11th century chapel that looks over the vineyard, an homage, according to the winemaker, to the soft pink hues picked up by the stonework as the sun descends. Nothing shy here though, as this provocative rosé has lovely freshness and precision in its wild strawberry, lush apricot and scintillating, mint-enhanced flavors. Pair with savory crab cakes or a seafood aioli for an unforgettable delight! Old Matisse would look up from his colorful cuttings and salute you with a smile!
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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5