2018 Richeviney Rosé, ‘Vineyard Selection’ IGP Pays d’Oc, France

Pale coral coloured with a nose full of summer berries and hints of mandarin. Quite richly textured with a bone dry finish.

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2018 Richeviney Rosé, ‘Vineyard Selection’ IGP Pays d’Oc, France

Tasting Note

Pale coral coloured with a nose full of summer berries and hints of mandarin. Quite richly textured with a bone dry finish.

Food Pairing

Cracking with a good salad or as an afternoon BBQ companion.

Producer Info

LGI was founded in 1999 by Winemaker Alain Grignon. He had formerly been head of cooperatives in Gascogny and was frustrated by many aspects of the domestic French wine

industry, so with his partners, he set up a business to cater solely to export markets. As well as running a team of winemakers and viticulturists sourcing fruit in the Languedoc, predominantly in St Chinian and also in the Côtes de Gascogne, they are also involved with a selection of top class individual domaines. The company is now one of the most respected sources of high quality and reliable wines from the region.

The Wine

Richeviney was crafted by the LGI winemaking team with the idea of creating an elegant and fine rosé. Inspired by the famous idyllic landscapes of the Mediterranean, this wine is a concentrate of fresh and fruity flavours in a graceful bottle. The Richeviney range is one of pure authenticity. It is named after the specific terroirs on which the grapes are grown. Indeed, they are sourced from small vineyards, located nearby the village of Caunes Minervois. There, the terroir is mostly made of pebbles and rocky limestone. The high mountains of the Pays d’Oc region surround the vineyards, protecting them from the dry summers and providing the ideal conditions for perfectly ripe grapes. Thanks to their geographic position, in the Languedoc region, this Vineyard Selection offers a fruity full flavoured rosé wine that will enlighten your tasting moments.

Wine Production info

he grapes are mechanically harvested during the night, when the temperatures are low in order to keep the grapes fresh and avoid oxidation. As they arrive at the cellar, the grapes are immediately pressed. As they leave the press only the best juices are selected in a CO2 saturated atmosphere to avoid any oxidation of the juices. After a 24h off-settling, the clear juices are drawn from the tanks and left to ferment for 15 days at 13-15°C. Again, the juices are drawn from the tanks to age on their fine lees for 3-5 months.

Regional Info

Pays d’Oc is the IGP title for red, white and rosé wines that are made in a large area on the southern coast of France. The catchment area for the IGP corresponds roughly to
the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region – one of the largest winegrowing areas in France. The IGP covers all the wines that are not made under the strict laws that govern the AOC-level appellations in the regions: among them Corbières, Minervois and the Languedocappellation itself.

The Pays d’Oc IGP is arguably the most important in France, producing the majority of the country’s IGP wines. Five separate departments fall under the IGP, which is delimited by administrative boundaries rather than geographical ones. As such, a range of terrain is covered by the denomination, from the southern mountain ranges of the Massif Central to the river-crossed coastal plains. Vineyards jostle for space on the garrigue-strewn landscape.

Broadly speaking, the Pays d’Oc area has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters, with most rainfall compressed into spring and autumn. Dry, continental winds from the northwest bring cooling influences to the vineyards, as well as reducing disease pressure. This wind is interspersed with warm winds from the south which bring moisture to the vineyards.

However, there is a large variation of terroir in this vast region, a fact reflected in the many AOC appellations, which produce everything from dry white wines, as in Picpoul de Pinet, to intense, fortified red wines like Banyuls. The same is true of the wine styles produced under the Pays d’Oc IGP, which has a long list of permitted grape varieties. Mediterranean grape varieties

like Grenache and Cinsaut are joined in the vineyards by more famous French varieties such
as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Most Pays d’Oc wines are labeled varietally, a New World trend that has been incorporated in many IGP laws.

Due to the high quality of the terroir and the restrictive AOC laws – particularly those surrounding permitted grape varieties – many of the best (and most famous) wines made in the Languedoc- Roussillon region are labeled as IGP. Wines such as the Cabernet Sauvignon-based Mas de Daumas Gassac and the Domaine de la Grange portfolio command high prices and are widely sought after: both qualities not usually associated with IGP wines.

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