Williams Chase Rose 2016 is a blend of Grenache (30%), Syrah (30%), Cinsault (20%), Vermentino (20%). It is the second vintage to have included some Vermentino included in the blend, as its close relatives in the Cotes de Provence do. 2016 is only the fourth vintage release of this wine.
Williams Chase Rose is made at a wine estate called Chateau Constantin which is owned by the Chase family of Chase Vodka and Gin fame. The estate is located in the commune of Lourmarin 20 minutes to the north of Aix-en-Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region – you may recognise the name of the village, it is where the author Peter Mayle lived and set his book “A Year in Provence”.
The vineyards at Chateau Constantin, now known as Chateau Constantin Chase, cover some 20 hectares with most of the vines being planted in the 1960s. Williams Chase Rose is a blend of Rhone grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault) from old vines with an average age of 50 years but the blend also has some of the white grape variety Vermentino added to the blend. The grapes are harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the freshness in the wine and the grape varieties are vinified separately which allows more control over the final blend. After the grapes are destemmed only the free-run juice from each cuvée is used which ensures minimal skin contact which is what gives the wine its delicate pink colour. The wine undergoes a temperature controlled fermentation below 17˚C. The grenache component is aged on the lees with regulary lees stirring which brings a creaminess to the wine and the syrah is racked off the lees to maintain freshness which will help to produce good length in the blend. The Rosé is bottled in the January following harvest and aged for seven weeks in bottle prior to release at the end of February.
Williams Chase Rose is bottled as a Luberon Appellation Protégée which is classified as part of the Rhone wine-growing region. Williams Chase Rosé is presented in a very smart, elegant bottle that matches the the Willams Chase Vodka and Gin bottles. One item of note is the closure – the wine is sealed with a Vinolok closure. Why not re-use the bottle for making sloe or damson gin or for making salad dressing in?
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Sometimes available in 1.5L magnums – please check here.