Domaine Montrose Solis Lumen Rose 2021
Explosive cranberry, strawberry, and watermelon fruit on the nose and palate, with firm acidity and a dose of minerality. Silky richness in the mouth, with good complexity and extended length on the palate. A great sipper, this works well as an aperitif or with light fare.
Solis Lumen is Latin for "The Light of the Sun," a fundamental element of the Sud de France. The long hours of sunlight allow the wine to reach its full potential and is an important feature of the Southern French lifestyle.
Blend: 80% Grenache, 20% Cinsault
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A catchall term for the area surrounding the Languedoc and Roussillon, Pays d’Oc is the most important IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) in France, producing 85% of this country’s wine under the IGP designation. (IGP indicates wine of good quality, not otherwise elevated to the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status.)
The near perfect Mediterranean climate combined with dry, cool winds from the north, optimal soils, altitudes and exposures make Pays d’Oc an ideal wine growing region. Single varietal wines and blends are possible here and while many types of grapes do well in Pays d’Oc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Cinsault are among the most common.
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