It’s that time of year again, when egg-shaped chocolates, pastel colors, and bunnies emerge! For my Easter brunch, I plan on sipping on some Rosé—Château Vignelaure Rosé 2016 to be exact.
Château Vignelaure, “the vineyard of the sacred spring,” is located in the appellation Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Set high in the hills, the vineyard covers more than 60 hectares and has a reputation as being one of the finest producers in the South of France (oh, how I love the South of France). The estate is high above sea level at 350-480 meters, and is surrounded by hills, which creates a unique micro-climate.
Even though their wines are made of grapes from vines planted in the 1960s (from cuttings of Château La Lagune), close to the eastern edge of the vineyard, an archaeological team recently unearthed a winery dating from the first century, thought to be one of the largest of the Roman world. Under the stewardship of Georges Brunet, the previous owner of Chateau La Lagune, the estate quickly established its own reputation.
The Rosé is made up of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is light salmon pink in color. It’s floral on the nose and tastes of berries, lemon, and white fruit. It has a great balance of acidity, while being fresh and crisp. It’s on the dry side, so I love that. I found it at Costco in a Rosé variety pack, but you can find it online for under $20. I paired it with delicious Easter treats. 4/5.