Domaine de Thulon Beaujolais-Villages Rosé
WHY WE LOVE IT
- A very proper old-vine Beaujolais-Villages rosé!
- The vineyard situation is both typical and perfect; on a granite hillside with south-west exposure.
Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay
Elaboration: Produced form the grapes that were harvested by hand, this rosé is made using Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. The light pinkish color is the product of direct pressing after maceration of the whole bunches in their own juice for one day so that the white juice absorbs a little of the color of the skins. After that, the wine is treated like a white. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in temperature controlled vats with aging on the fine lees. The wine is then bottled at the estate in March.
Tasting Notes: Refreshing aromas of tangerine, watermelon, and wild strawberry are supported by the subtlest touches of aniseed. The palate is soft and smooth, yet bright and full of energy, with mouth-watering fresh, summer fruits and floral notes that continue on through the pleasing finish.
This farm is located on the old estate of Château de Thulon (15th century) and was purchased by Annie and René Jambon in 1987 after they were “métayers” for 20 years there. Their children Carine and Laurent are now running the estate, and a passion for experimentation sets them apart from peers in the region. These are some of the best values in French wine we’ve come across in the last decade.