Mr Husband & I discovered Domaine Sainte Rosa last year. We fell in love with their lovely, rich Rousanne (available also from Majestic), so we were keen to try more of their wines.
We took this bottle on a picnic and it went down a storm. Despite being medium to full bodied, it’s great summer wine: just one whiff – and taste – of the herby, sun baked red fruit transports you to the garrigue in the south of France. And on the after-taste, the subtle perfume of blackberries mingles with the structured tannins. Delicious!
This wine is an interesting blend. Mourvedre is one of these obscure (not to mention difficult to pronounce grapes), yet widely used in world-famous blends. Thought to have originated in Spain (Monastrelli), it is widespread across south France – particularly popular in Provence and South Rhone (Chateauneuf du Pape for example). It is alcoholic and tannic and full of dark, brooding flavours. Petit Verdot, on the other hand, is a little more unusual. It is often a very small component of the Bordeaux blend but tends to fare better (preferring a warmer climate to fully ripen) in the new world where it is made into a single varietal wine rather than limited to a blending grape.
At a glance
- Style? Medium-full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Languedoc, France
- What’s the grape? Mourvedre & Petit Verdot
- Tastes of? Herbs: rosemary, mint and black & red fruit
- What food would complement it? Rustic grain dishes, we had it with Chia Flatbreads & Borlotti & Beetroot Dip. The earthiness of the beetroot went well with the ‘herbiness’ of the wine.