Rosé of Caladoc, Mas de Valériole 'Vé'
Mas de Valériole's "Vé" sports a beautiful pale salmon hue with an amber glint. Yellow and red cherries are foremost on the nose, along with a whiff of wildflowers and sea spray (the vineyard sits near the sea). The palate is dry, with cherries up front, along with subtle peach, unmistakable sea spray, and sprightly lemon zest on the finish.
'Vé' Rosé IGP Mediterranée: 'Vé'—a local Provençal expression meaning “Look at that!”—is a blend of 70% Caladoc [a crossing of Grenache and Malbec], 15% Merlot, and 15% Marselan [a crossing of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon] from soils of sand and loam. Harvested at night to ensure that the bunches are cool upon entry to the winery, “Vé” is pressed directly and given a brief passage in stainless steel before bottling. Clocking in at a modest 13% alcohol, it offers bright, salt-tinged flavors of raspberry and ripe citrus fruits, with a sneakily long finish given its modest price.