Rocher Rouge 2007
 

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Château Calissanne
Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence
96% Mourvèdre 96%, 4% Syrah

The flagship of Château Calissanne, this cuvée is made with Mourvèdre and Syrah. Seductive elegance and concentration (characteristic notes of cedar, incense and garrigue). A wine of great character. Serve at 61°-64°F. Decant 2 hours before drinking.

Coffee notes are followed by scents of cedar, antique wax, and honey. A rounded, smooth attack; raspberry notes blend with spicy tobacco aromas (cigar), undergrowth, and musk. Linear in structure, and a mouthfeel with no rough edges. Very elegant!

Suited to elaborate cuisine involving red meat (grilled or in sauce), poultry, and large or small game (partridge, pheasant, hare, etc.). Also a harmonious match for a cheeseboard.
Grapes are hand-picked in the second half of September.
Once delivered to the winery, the grapes are immediately destemmed and then chilled. Vinification lasts three weeks in small, temperature-controlled vats. Where necessary, the cap undergoes moderate pumping-over during the maceration phase. The wine is then siphoned out of the vinification vats into oak barriques (225 liters) and demi-muids (600 liters). The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrels, continues to mature for 12-18 months in the air-conditioned ageing cellar, and is then bottled. Rocher Rouge is kept for at least one year before being marketed.

Limestone scree soil, south facing, sheltered from the Mistral winds by cliffs.

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