Domaine Poujol Rosé 2014
Wine: Domaine Poujol
Grapes: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache
Robert and Kim Cripps bought the Poujol vineyards in the Languedoc in 1994. The region abuts Provence, the Southern French coastal region famous for it's rosé wines. Poujol drinks very much like the quintessential dry pink from that part of the world: bright, light, refreshing.
Robert is from England and Kim is from the U.S., which makes them unique wine growers in Languedoc. In fact, they were the first non-French domaine owners in the area. They grow vermintino, carignan blanc, roussane, carignan, grenache, mouvedre, cinsault and syrah in limestone soils that are situated just far enough inland to benefit from both the warm Mediterranean air and cooler breezes rolling off the Cevennes mountain range to the north.
The Domaine Poujol rosé 2014 is made from 50% carignan, 35% cinsault and 15% grenache. Strawberry notes on the nose and palate with great acidity and a long, easy finish. This is a non-thinking wine. Just open, pour and guzzle. I opened a bottle earlier this week with a roast chicken and arugula salad with feta and a classic balsamic-French vinaigrette. It's the weeknight pink for just about anything you're putting on the table.
I'm looking forward to a cold glass of the Poujol pink and some good stare-into-space daydreaming this weekend. It's going to be a superb pairing.