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Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Rosé Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc, France 2021

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Rosé Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc, France 2021

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40% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 10% Cinsault.

Minimal intervention, organic and biodynamic. Natural fermentation. This wine also undergoes malolactic fermentation.

This impeccably made rosé from the raw and rustic landscape of the Languedoc requires a moment to open up, eventually releasing all the brambly qualities of the sunbaked shrubs and herbs that seem to infuse its beautifully plump fruit. It is an irresistibly charming, delightfully refreshing wine.

In 1992, the Ravaille brothers, whose family has been in the Languedoc for over one thousand years, joined forces to plant a vineyard in what has traditionally been land dominated by sheep farming and cheese production. The brothers were on a quest to create serious wine that expresses the complexity of their terroir. Within the first few years, the Ravailles came to the conclusion that introducing biodynamic farming practices would allow them to make the wine they wanted. Though they have been using this methodology since 1999, as of their 2012 vintage they are certified organic.

The Languedoc is known for its complexity and variety of soil types. A slowly evolving collision of continents and bodies of water has perpetrated upheaval, creasing, and erosion, leaving a medley of sedimentation. Soils from the Ravaille’s higher-altitude vineyard slopes vary between the dominant marly limestone and dolomite, to red and white clay, to sand, schist, and round galets. The microclimate in Pic St. Loup is also particularly unique in this otherwise dry region. The summers are typically very dry, but cool nights and winter rainfall allow for long ripening of the grapes and sufficient water supply.

The brothers keep their vinification as non-interventionist as possible. All of these special elements of their philosophy and methodology translate into wines with a purity of fruit, extraordinary delineation of layers, and a distinct sense of place.

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