Rhône Blend, Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup
40% Syrah/30% Mourvèdre/20% Grenache/10% Cinsault
The northernmost, coolest appellation of the Languedoc, Pic-Saint-Loup has all the makings of an exceptional terroir for rosé. Its rocky calcareous slopes, covered in garrigue and wild pine forest, reach altitudes that favor vivid fruit and a crackling freshness in wines of all three colors. The Ravaille brothers of Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, who have practiced biodynamics for more than twenty years, steer far from commercial considerations with their rosé, as its deep color attests. Its intense aromatics brazenly translate the Pic’s rugged nature, and an almost chewable minerality brings to mind slabs of shattered limestone incarnated as energy, drive, and uncommon length on the palate.