The idyllic Château de Campuget is located near the village of Manduel, a short drive (about 15km) east of Nîmes, in the region known as Costières de Nîmes, which since 1989 has been part of the Rhône.
There have been vineyards at the site since 1753, hence the reference on the label. During WWII, the grandfather of the current proprietor came across the then bankrupt estate when as a soldier he was sent to the warmer climes of the south of France to recover from a German inflicted gunshot wound to the eye. He was so taken with the estate that after the war he purchased it and subsequent generations of the Dalle family have worked hard, not only to restore, but to significantly improve the estate. Franck-Lin Dalle, initially a lawyer in Paris and by all accounts quite a character, is currently at the helm. These days Campuget boasts a state-of-the-art winery and grows syrah and grenache for reds, and grenache blanc, rousanne and viognier for whites. They also knock out a few rosés including this one. The wines offer fantastic value for money and show how the French are producing wines capable of competing with New World styles.
This delicious rose is a blend of 90% syrah and 10% vermentino, and was made in the tradtional way with a short time on skins.
"The colour is a pale pink rose petals while lightness. The nose is on grapefruit, citrus. On the palate, a very nice freshness accompanies aromas of red fruit."
It also comes in a stylish bottle with a glass stopper.
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