An email from Kirsten Creasy, who is stuck in New Zealand, thanks to the pandemic, resulted in the arrival of the latest bottlings of Terre des 2 Sources. And this is what I enjoyed.
2019 Les Amourettes, Pays d’Oc, Blanc
A blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino. Light colour. A rounded nose, with some fresh herbal notes, and on the palate lightly herbal, with fresh youthful fruit. Good rounded weight, but not heavy. Very harmonious and very complete. A lightly bitter note on the finish, that refreshes the palate. Nicely balanced.
Next came a trio of rosés, with subtle nuances and variations.
2019 Les Amourettes, Pays d’Oc
A blend of Cinsault and Grenache. A light pink colour and on the nose some delicate, fresh raspberry fruit. The palate is rounded with more raspberry fruit and a little weight, balanced with refreshing acidity. Youthful and fresh, and eminently easy to drink. More of an apéro than a food rosé.
2019 Empreintes, AC Languedoc
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, with a little more colour, a hint of orange pink. And more rounded on the nose and palate, ripe and fuller, and quite mouth filling with a dry finish. Definitely a food rosé, going well with a substantial salad.
2019 Accords, St Guilhem le Désert
A pure Syrah, with more colour than the other two wines. Quite a rounded nose; quite full and substantial, with some body, good weight, a hint of tannin and some fresh acidity. Nicely mouth filling and very definitely a food rosé.
2018 Accords rouge, IGP San Guilhem le Désert
A blend of Carignan and Syrah. Quite a deep young colour. This wine simply exudes opulently ripe, fresh fruit on both nose and palate. There is a balancing streak of tannin, but fruit is the hallmark, both red fruit and black fruit, cherries of both colours, with some notes of spicy garrigues. The Carignan provides freshness and the Syrah some spice. A rounded harmonious finish. Drinking beautifully now, but with ageing potential.