Chateau Montfin L’Etang Danse Rosé 2022
$ 36.00 incl. GST
The style has evolved over the years from phenolic richness to a more chiselled and mineral expression, with earlier picking seeing alcohol dropping from 14.5% levels on early vintages to 13% for the 2022 release and the couple previous. Raised from Cinsault and Grenache, enough presence and drive to sit alongside boldly flavoured dining such as American-style barbecue.
“Cherry, liquorice root, an earthy orange peel thing. It’s fleshy, good flavour, a gentle quinine tang through red cherry and peach, and that liquorice thing is there too, and I really like that flavour in a wine, a little bit creamy, light chalky grip, with a finish of good length featuring orange and Angostura bitters. Very good.”
92 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront
Chateau Montfin / Corbières
A Corbières Estate Of Depth And Distinction
An engineer and an accountant, father and son Raymond and Jérôme Esteve purchased the Montfin property from its bankrupt owners in 2001, having fallen immediately in love with the estate’s stunning setting on the lagoon of Peyriac-de-Mer. Construction of a state of the art winery quickly followed, and today the estate is managed full time by Jérôme, largely self taught in the arts of winemaking and grape growing.
Certified organic since 2009, the remainder of the estate is covered in bushes of garrigue and increasing plantings of olive and oak trees, with Jérôme aiming to increase his site’s biodiversity, and some hope of the latter yielding truffles one day. The vineyard is almost entirely old vine, with plantings dating up to 80 years and producing intense, concentrated fruit. Appellation laws dictate a maximum of 50% plantings of Carignan, Corbières’ signature variety (this limit controversial among many growers!)