August 7, 2021

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose

Le Bijou

Who makes it?

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose is one of Crush Wines very slick brands. They use grapes sourced from older vine vineyards around the Languedoc region, Coteaux de Beziers, on the Mediterranean Sea for this blend.  Some of grapes are from older vines. Some are 50 years old and are bush trained. 

How do they make it?

Cinsault (45%), Grenache (40%), Caladoc (10%) and a smidge of Syrah (5%) all contribute to this rosé. Undoubtedly, Caladoc is an interesting red wine grape being a cross between Grenache and Malbec bred in 1958. The result is a grape that suits these vineyards very well. At the moment, the grape is only allowed in wines that do not conform to AOC regulations.

The wine is blended after temperature controlled ferment of each grape. This long ferment also allows for longer contact with the lees for a little extra texture.

What does it taste like?

Ripe strawberries and cream. Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose is a delicate salmon colour and is a dry rosé (around 4 g/L residual sugar).  It’s intensity evokes melon flavours, with some candied citrus peel as well to make it more lively. It is fresh and well balanced. And simply put, good drinking.

What to drink with it?

With that intensity, some smoked salmon on buttered bread would be a good start. Or a Salad Nicoise. Or little Haloumi fritters. Certainly, it is good for lunch or dinner or in between!

Quickie review «A rosé that is generous in intensity yet fresh, silky smooth and rather easy to drink. »

Country of Origin: Coteaux de Beziers IGP, France 
Tasting Date: May 2021
Price:  UK £9.5 | €8 |
Drink: now – 2+ years
Needs food: no
Source: purchase

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