Les Vignerons de Fontes is the cooperative winemaking facility in the hills outside the village of Pezenas in the Languedoc. Oenologist Corinne Pastourel oversees the project, which has a host of growers spread throughout the region over a range of terroirs including schist, basalt, limestone and clay. Thirty of these growers formed the cooperative in the 1930s and now their numbers surpass 200. K&L co-founder Clyde Beffa met Corinne years ago and forged the relationship that would bring us some of our most popular value wines coming from the south of France. The rosé, one of our best sellers every year, is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that is made in the saignée style where a light maceration occurs and the fruit is bled off the skins. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, preserving the freshness and clean character of the wine. It is bright and lively, with aromas of raspberries, redcurrants and white flowers. The Mediterranean influence is easily felt in this region, and the best cuisine for this wine is just that--Mediterranean. Serve with roasted vegetables, chickpea salad and fresh cheeses. A delight!
By: Stephanie Vidales
K&L Staff Member
No summer would be complete without this essential, K&L favorite rosé. It is super aromatic and fruit forward, showing juicy watermelon and fresh strawberry while remaining dry and refreshing. This rosé is a no-brainer, and at $9.99 (1.5-liter $19.99) you can't beat it!
By: Keith Mabry
K&L Staff Member
One of our longest-standing and most successful relationships from the Languedoc is with Corinne Pastourel, the oenologist and director of the Les Vignerons de Fontès cooperative in the mountaine town of Fontès near Pezenas. Corinne's vibrant personality is immediately intoxicating much like the wines she oversees. We have always been drawn to the "Prieure Saint Hippolyte" bottlings as they represent the freshness and vibrancy of the fruit from the local growers. The rosé is charming on first glance with its nose of strawberry, white flowers and red plums. The palate is mouthfilling and not too delicate. There is an almost serious weight to it but it finishes dry and refreshing, getting you ready for another sip. The Hippolyte is still our best-selling rosé and still under $10 (and under $20 for the 1.5L) making this your year-round pink drink!
By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
K&L Staff Member
Our best selling rosé every year since 2009. This year could be their best to date. It is on the drier side, with a bright reddish color. Plenty of flavor and all for $19.99 for 1.5L. It will sell quickly. I just drank a bottle of the 2014 and it was still bright and alive. Who says rosé will not age?
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