Following a stressful few days, I decided to take an impromptu afternoon road trip to my sister’s house. In anticipation of enjoying the lovely spring weather and walking around her gardens, we headed out to the wine shop right by her house, and incidentally one of my favourite shops, Fairview Wines & Spirits. NYC transplants Lewis and Risa Dimm carefully select a tantalizing scope of wines that highlight family owned vineyards, along with sustainable, biodynamic and organic viticulture. Admittedly I was absorbed by the gorgeous Rose display, but I was able to break free and load my shopping cart with amazing bottles that I can’t wait to pour! To accompany our relaxing sun-filled afternoon along with various cheese, olives and crackers, we gave a pour to nicely chilled Château Plaisance Fronton Rosé 2011.
Chateau Plaisance was established by the Penavayre family in the 1870’s, when in addition to winemaking they also cultivated fruit trees and raised livestock. In 1991 Marc Penavayre took over the family estate and concentrating on winemaking. With a focus on the environment, Marc transformed the vineyards with organic viticulture and vinification methods. The vines are not only chemical free, but also hand worked in harmony with the terraced, stony terrior; only native wild yeasts are used, and the wines are not fined or filtered. Today the Penavayre family is renowned as “ambassadors for the Negrette variety”, a black-skinned, red wine grape indigenous to the area.
Bright coral in colour, aromas of white wildflowers along with traces of white pepper and minerals rose from the glass. Fermented in stainless steel, bright strawberry and raspberry flavours in the light body were complimented by traces of citrus zest and minerals in the crisp finish. Lively and refreshing, this is a fantastic glass for sipping on warm afternoons and to accompany light dishes.
66% Negrette, 24% Gamay, 10% Syrah
Mis en Bouteille au Château [Estate Bottled]
Rated 85 points by Wine Enthusiast