Le Sommelier presents a great value late summer rosé from the Languedoc.

This weekend is looking like it will be up there with one of the nicest weekends we’ve had all summer! What better way to enjoy these rays of summer sunshine than with some rosé?

The historic Domaine Montrose estate was established over 300 years ago, in 1701. They are known as rosé specialists in the region, where rosé wine makes up more than two thirds of their production. The estate is named after its location, on a volcano (mount) and after the pink-blossomed (rose) almond trees bordering the property. It is located in Côtes de Thongue, a small region made up of about fifty producers. What’s interesting is that all of the producers of this wine appellation have rejected the official AOC certification in order to ensure their own freedom, to be able to create their own personal wines!

Montrose has always had a great fondness for rosé wines; they are the emblematic wine of the Coste family. Over the centuries, Domaine Montrose has become a benchmark in the production of Languedoc and southern French Rosé wines, a success of which they are obviously very proud.

VINTAGES will be featuring the estate’s top rosé, the “Prestige” which is a blend of mainly Grenache, complimented by Rolle (local name for Vermentino) and Syrah. The grapes comes from the winery’s best terroirs of volcanic and villafranchsiens terraces, and the wine is sealed with an elegant and classy glass stopper.

The family strongly believes that rosé wines are meant to be shared, and are best enjoyed with friends.

I couldn’t agree with them more.


Bernard Stramwasser

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Domaine Montrose
Prestige Rosé IGP Côtes du Thongue 2016

“From Bernard and Olivier Coste, winemakers together in a recorded family lineage going back to 1701. Though the mineral-saline southern France idealism is captured in every proper and typical way it is the fantastic fruit that captures the heart and the imagination. The red carpet culminates at the welcome mat laid out in front of the open door, ready and willing to celebrate the return of fruit in Rosé. Drink 2017-2018.” – Score: 89, Michael Godel, winealign.com, August 2017

Varietals: 70% Grenache, 25% Rolle, 5% Syrah

Region: Languedoc, France

Price: $18.95 (per bottle)

LCBO#: 491076

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