As evening approached and we fired up the grill for dinner, my sister gave a pour to Anne de Joyeuse Camas Pinot Noir Rosé 2011. Another bottle she had brought over, we thought it would be a satisfying follow up to the Setzer Grüner Veltliner we had been sipping on during the heat of the late afternoon.
Anne de Joyeuse is a cooperative winery founded in 1929 and located in the commune of Limoux in Languedoc in southern France. It currently consists of 650 members and is one of only ten cooperatives in France to be awarded the highest level of accreditation. All of the growers practice sustainable farming and have a firm commitment to protecting the environment. Farming equipment is used minimally to reduce pollution, all water is collected, purified and reused, all raw materials are composted, and the winery is powered by solar and geo-thermal technology. Since 1994 they have carried the “Protect The Planet” insignia on their labels in recognition of their promotion of biodiversity, an example of the depth of this achievement is seen in the vineyards where over 80 indigenous varieties of orchids are now growing.
Pale coral in colour with aromas of raspberry and wet slate. Strawberry and melon flavours were accompanied by bright floral notes in the light body. White pepper and minerals comprised the crisp, spicy finish. Straightforward and easy drinking, this is a great glass to accompany spicy summer salads and other light yet peppery dishes.
Pinot Noir [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Produced and Bottled by ADJ