“When the sun reaches the zenith and the sea breeze blows gently on the skin, we can hear the sirens singing.
Their crystal-clear voices echo on the cliffs, luring nearby sailors and their boats.
There are wines that attract us with their charming pink co-lour and irresistible fragrance.
Oskar Wilde would tell you: ‘‘The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it”.
Everybody knows about the white or red grape varieties, making the vast majority of wines we drink around the world. But do you know about grey grape varieties?
Their flesh are white but their skin have a distinguished pink color. Thanks to this coloration, the juice from these freshly pressed grapes have a pale salmon hue with silver-toned hints.
The grey grape varieties have an ancient history. For the “sauvignon gris’’ we find records in books from the 17th centuries. This varietal almost disappeared as only 10 hectares still existed in 1958 in France. The “souvignier gris” we selected as well is a younger varietal but even more rare.
The grey wines (Vins Gris) are a unique type of Rosé : They are characterized by a very pale color and a beautiful aromatic finesse.
Annual production : 20 000 bouteilles
Œnologist : Jérémy Ducourt
THE WINE :
The grapes are harvested at perfect maturity during the night to take advantage of the cool temperatures and express the optimal potential of the varieties. A meticulous sorting of the harvest is carried out and then the grapes are pressed directly, under neutral gas in order to preserve their delicate aromas. Particular attention is paid to the pressing process so that only the best quality juice is kept. The fermentation is carried out at low temperature (15 to 18°C). The wine is matured on its fine lees for several weeks before being bottled.
TASTING NOTES :
Dress : Very pale pink, with shades of grey and white
Nose : Notes of red fruits, citrus and spices.
Mouth : Beautiful minerality with a fresh and intense character.
Serve at 10-12 °C
FOOD PAIRING :
Enjoy as an aperitif, with shellfish, Mediterranean salads, Asian dishes, baked fish and spicy and tasty dishes such as Thai curry or tagines.
Photo bouteille Fiche technique Wine Awards