Rose Returns 3: Ch. MOURGUES du GRES “les Galets” Rosé

Here’s a Rosé on the richer side from the very Chateauneuf du Pape-like terroir of the Costieres de Nimes (the slopes around the city of Nime which is perhaps more famous for its namesake indigo cloth de Nimes or denim). Mourges du Gres is a top producer of both red and Rosé wines from the area and is under the same ownership but separate from Domaine La Tour de Berraud. mdg g r main

Ch. MOURGUES du GRES “les Galets” Rosé, Costieres de Nimes, 2013 ($12.99)
A 13.5% alcohol blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, 70% of which are grown in vineyards with a deep covering of rolled stones (galets) made using a combination of free run juice and first press. Vinified and aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks. Pink-rose in color with good legs; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and a very light phenolic content. Richer and rounder style. Softer with riper fruit and plenty of mineral. Closer to being red wine with riper, richer, darker red fruit. Lovely, clean, fresh. BearScore: 90.

For more on fine dry French Rosé, check out our coming soon class Revealing Rosé.