Type: Rosé Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: JEAN035
An exquisite blush wine from France with strawberry flavours. Made according to our specifications and blended by our buying team in conjunction with the winemaker, this shows captivating soft summer berries, a crisp steely finish yet rounded out by a touch, a virtual kiss, of residual sweetness. Not too dry, never sweet - just right!
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Xavier Roger

Xavier Roger’s roots were firmly in the vineyards of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Son of Jean-Max Roger whose 34ha domaine in the village of Bué, just south-west of town of Sancerre, is renowned for its production of high quality, Sancerre, Menetou-Salon and Pouilly Fumé. However three is a crowd, and with his brothers Thibault and Etienne working at the family domaine, Xavier set out on his own and made his own way.

 

After attending winemaking school in Burgundy followed by three years of viticulture training at the agronomy school in Montpelier, Xavier spent the 1990’s gaining international winemaking experience in the US, New Zealand and Germany before returning to France to work in Bordeaux.

 

After three years running  a 60ha estate in Nimes, Xavier joined Alain Grignon who had set up LGI in 1999, along with Thierry Leduc and Englishman Mark Lynton, to run the entire winemaking operation as well as developing relationships with some of the finest growers in the region. It is these close relationships which puts Xavier ahead of all others in securing the best parcels of grapes in the region.

 

In 2013 Alain Grignon retired and Xavier took over the general management of the company, whilst maintaining full control of the winemaking process and grower relationships.

 

Mastering the nuances of Sothern French varietals and combining traditional as well as innovative winemaking techniques, Xavier Roger wines are a superb example of the quality that is now being produced in the South of France.

 

A superbly moreish wine, full of soft juicy summer fruit flavours with a little touch of sweet red berry coulis on the finish.
A great wine for BBQs!
The Cinsault grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, 100% destemmed and thereafter are divided into two sections. One passes the modern process of flash-detente and hot skin contact maceration. After that, the juice goes through cool temperature fermentation. This procedure is carried out in order to extract and enhance the Cinsaults’ aromatic qualities. The other part of the grapes is traditionally fermented on the skin for about 2 days adding structure and a soft pink colour to the wine. At the end of the winemaking process both the modern and the traditional section of each variety are blended to a youthful and easy drinking Cuvée.

Jancis Robinson, August 2023, 15 points: ''Pale pink and a little ordinary on the nose. But it's a charming little wine with plenty of strawberry fruit. A little bit of residual-sugar sweetness but it has been well-judged and the wine is balanced and fresh. The kind of wine that would go well with a slightly spicy pulled-pork bun.''

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