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Coupe Roses is owned, operated, and grapes are made wine
by agronomist Françoise Frissant, her husband Pascal, and children.
Near the villages of Minerve and La Caunette in Languedoc, situated on a high plateau, lies Château Coupe-Roses, an organic estate. Their vineyards are at
the highest altitudes in Minervois, between 750 and 1,350 feet above sea level,
where the cool nights and moderate temperatures allow the grapes
to ripen slowly developing great flavor while retaining acidity.
Bastide Minervois is a blend of 45%Carignan, 45%Grenache & 5%Syrah,
fermented in stainless steel and bottled without any exposure to oak.
In this wine is all the garrigue underbrush of the high Minervois,
laced with high-toned blueberry notes underpinned by Carignan's tarry black notes.
A brilliant cherry color with aromas of cherries, plum and blueberries.
The palate is dry and bright with soft acidity, tannins and a smooth,
round mouthfeel leading into a complex finish with motes of herbs and leather.
Bastide is not new to the shop but it is a continued favorite every year
and this 2019 vintage is an "Andy Pick" this year. He says:
"This Rhone blend with Carignan has abundant fruit including plum and blackberry
with an earthy, dirty taste, finishing with a sweaty leather saddle - in a good way!"
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