The drawing on the label of Apostrophe is a tribute to the promised lands Jean-Christopher Comor discovered when he found his future property, high up in the Sainte-Baume Mountain in Provence. In this beautiful part of the region, high in altitude, he is crafting a real, soulful rosé with layers and length, at the absolute opposite of 99% of the regional production - technical, yeasted, with no sense of place. Working organically since his beginnings in 2004, Jean-Christophe really believes rosé is a legitimate style of wine when made the right way with the right grapes, and letting nature do her job - once again, the total opposite of the dominant oenological way. Here the wine is a blend of Grenache to bring the texture and the fruit, Cinsault for the delicacy and the tension, and Carignan as a booster. The vines are 40 years-old , which guarantees a real density. Hand-harvested, the grapes are pressed directly, the Carignan one week after the other as he likes it ripe. The wine is vinified in inox, and usually the fermentations last 80 days or more! Malo is done, yet the wine is energetic and straight. This is the only wine very very slightly filtered, and a hint of sulfure dioxide is added one month before bottling.
In 2019, a warm and concentrated vintage, this rosé is far from being opulent despite its ripeness. Jean-Christophe is very happy about the pep and tension it kept, and thinks it is one of his best ones! With wild strawberry, mint and marjoram on the nose, the wine shows a great balance between fruit, herbal and florality. Same on the palate, with more savory notes - caraway, fenugreek - finishing very salty. There is definitely some texture: you can keep this wine couple of years if you want, or drink it not too chilled. Pair it with a watermelon and tomato gazpacho, Santa Barbara sea urchin or a rabbit saddle with confit shallots. 45% Grenache, 35% Carignan, 25% Cinsault. Pascaline Lepeltier.
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