VillaViva Cotes de Thau Rose 2021
VillaViva is luscious, aromatic nose of raspberries and strawberries. Fresh in the mouth with a well-balanced, full and lively middle palate, and a spicy, lingering finish.
Serve VillaViva chilled. Drink anytime as an aperitif or with seafood, poultry, grilled meats, barbecue, and Mediterranean-style cuisine.
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VillaViva Rosé is located in the Côtes de Thau appellation that faces the Mediterranean Coast in the South of France. It is surrounded by the fishing village of Sète, famous for its oyster bed soils and by famous string of lakes (Etang de Thau) that make up the Thau Bassin. Wine production and commerce in the region date back as early as the 7th century B.C. with Etruscan amphoras found at the bottom of the Thau Bassin.
The vineyard is planted on fossilized oyster beds, limestone, gravel and quartz soils and benefits from a sunny and dry climate ideal for rosé production. An elaborate subsoil network of fresh water and salt water conduits under the vineyards nourishes the vines and contributes to the unique flavor of VillaViva.
Harvested mid-August to retain all its flavor, it is produced from the free run juice fermented at low temperature. Red fruit and peach aromas on the nose, lengthy finish due to the strength of the Carignan grape, clean and zesty finish. Because of the unbelievable price-to-quality ratio, the rosé wines from the property have been so successful to the point that “it is replacing water” in all of the top restaurants on the French Riviera. Certified Vegan. Organic practices.
An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good quality and great values, Languedoc spans the Mediterranean coast from the Pyrenees mountains of Roussillon all the way to the Rhône Valley. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and frequent risk of drought.
Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Most dry wines are blends with varietal choice strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône Valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Macabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc.
International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.