Grapes are sourced from vineyards with soils rich in limestone and clay that border the Etang of Thau, and from schist-rich vineyards from the area around Saint Chinian. Syrah for this Rosé is picked slightly earlier than the rest in order to retain a higher acidity level.
Vinification: The ripe grapes are pressed and vinified exclusively in stainless steel vats.
"The aim is, as always in our blends, to keep the wine fresh and balanced. The nose is a floral and spicy expression with ripe raspberry; palate is round with flavors of cherry and lifted by bright pineapple. Strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate nuances abound in this delectable crispy and dry wine that pairs with just about anything." -Gregory Hecht & François Bannier
Score: 87 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Lauren Buzzeo
"H&B continuously produce excellent wines from across the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and this ros is also a superb value to boot. Medium intense aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and a touch of quince follow through to the crisp mouth elevated by citric notes of ruby red grapefruit. Clean and refreshing; an excellent companion for just about any fish served alla Puttanesca."
"The Hecht & Bannier 2009 Vin de Pays Ros was produced from fruit sourced in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. The vineyard sites in question have soils rich in limestone and clay. This wine is a blend of equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Grapes were picked mechanically. Fermentation took place over two weeks with select yeasts introduced. Aging was accomplished in a combination of concrete vats (30%) and large 600 liter barrels (70%). This wine has a suggested retail price of $12.Red fruit aromas really pop out of the nose of this fresh and vibrant 2009 Ros. That red fruit parade continues through the palate as cherry, strawberry, watermelon, raspberry and plum flavors all march by. These are buoyed by an undercurrent of citrus as well as tropical fruit flavors. These all come together to form a lovely and appealing mlange of flavors. White pepper, vanilla bean and light nutmeg flavors provide a trio of spices flavors that all ring out through the crisp and cool finish. Solid acidity keeps things in check and moderate alcohol makes it easy to enjoy a second or third glass.
No two ways about it, for $12 (less if you shop around) this Ros is a steal. It offers all the elements I look for in Ros. Its light, and refreshing, but it has complexity. It drinks beautifully on its own, yet it will complement classic light summer fare (and more) very well. Whether you drink it now or consider it for your Thanksgiving Day table, this is a heck of a Ros deal."
"Proof that France has never really resigned the global Rose crown."
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
Red berry, melon and cherry flavors are fresh and juicy, followed by mineral and cream on the spicy finish.
For a European rose this is fairly full-bodied and fruity. The Languedoc region is in the south, where the good beaches are, so ripeness isnt an issue. Still it has a lovely refreshing tart character.
Light, refreshing and dry with a friendly acidic spank. Soulfully French, but universally appealing. Very light body in a very attractive package. Click here
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