Rocher Rouge 2012
 
La Jasso de Calissane / Château Calissane
Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence
96% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah

Coffee notes are succeeded by scents of exotic wood (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 and are sorted as needed
Once delivered to the winery, the grapes are immediately destemmed and then chilled. Vinification takes 3 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 and demi-muids. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrels and continues to mature for 12-18 months in the air-conditioned aging cellar. After being bottled, Rocher Rouge is kept for at least a year before being marketed.
Limestone scree 


Coup de Coeur: Guide Hachette 2015
http://www.calissanne.fr
Yet to be discovered in the US. Seeking importers.
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