|Region||South West France|
Bright pink in the glass, this '15 bottling offers electric elegance, bursting with red berries and citrus fruits, spice and wildflowers. Dry and fleshy, this Marcillac rose offers bitter cherry and raspberry flavors, making it perfect for wine-lovers looking for a fruit-driven wine reminiscent of a Pinot Noir rose. This mono-varietal Fer Servadou, called "Mansois"locally, grows on steep terraces with red clay soils just west of Rodez in Languedoc, on a hillside terrace at 1,000-1,600 feet above sea level. Domaine Laurens, organic and family owned and operated, harvests its Fer Servadou by hand in early October, destemming, pressing, and using the saignee method to craft its deep cherry rose.
Founded in 1975 by the Gilbert family with less than four acres of vines, this estate on the steep slopes of Clairvaux in Languedoc's Marcillac now spans more than 50 acres of vines that average upwards of 20 years of age. Winemaker-owner Michel uses sustainable agriculture to tend the estate's vines, limiting treatments and using organic mulch between its terraced vines. The hilly terrain of Marcillac offers a unique terroir composed of red clay soils that are rich in iron oxide, and the region's winemakers are devoted to growing the indigenous Fer Servadou, which transmits the minerality of the soils with a spice-laden, round character, as well as select international grapes. Domaine Laurens crafts a full line wines, although its fleshy, spicy Marcillac Rose is its best known and best loved.
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