Nestled along the Mediterranean coast in a rather obscure appellation called the Côtes du Thongue, lies a little known estate called Domaine Montrose. Considering the quality of the wines young Olivier Coste is producing, Montrose is unlikely to remain unknown for long! It's an old estate; in fact, the "Three Lizard" coats of arms was awarded to the family by King Louis XIV in 1701.

DOMAINE de l'HORTUS 2014 GRAND CUVEE  ROUGE
60% Syrah | 35% Grenache | 5% Mourvedre

BERGERIE de l'HORTUS 2015 CLASSIQUE  ROUGE
60% Syrah | 35% Grenache | 5% Mourvedre

LE LOUP DANS LE BERGERIE 2015 ROUGE

80% Grenache | 20% Syrah

LOUP Y ES-TU? 2015 BLANC

80% Muscat | 10% Chardonnay | 10% Viognier

Domaine Montrose specializes in rosé, a pale, delicate style that seems tailer-made for a warm summer evening. The exact composition varies from vintage to vintage, but Grenache is the majority, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Syrah to complete the blend. Skin contact is kept to a minimum to gently extract flavor and just a hint of color, and the fermentation is conducted quite cool to maintain the primary fruit aromas. This is classic French rosé from a truly talented young vigneron.

The land is located at the base of a dormant volcano, which imparts the predominant red soil of the vineyards. Pockets of chalky clay and gravel comprise the remaining hectare, allowing for a diversity of grape varieties to thrive. Diversity extends beyond the vines too, particularly i the 21st century as the family has planted 21 new species of trees on the property. This is stewardship at its finest, the investment of one generation in the health of those to come. 

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