Built on the backs of Grenache and Syrah, with a small splash of Carignan, Grands Carmes is vinified and aged in the same old labyrinthine cellar as the Palette and produced in the same fashion. In the case of the Rosé, half is pressed directly (very slowly, using an old-style vertical basket press), half saignée; the wine is then fermented and aged in large older foudres for the better part of a year before being bottled sans fining or filtration.
An ideal weightier pink wine for the cooler months ahead. Like all the wines that issue forth from the Rougiers’ cellar, the 2016 Grands Carmes Rosé is both elegant and powerful, with a complex verticality encompassing high-toned herbal flourishes and deeply earthy undertones, and with plenty in between. The fruit is ripe, succulent, and honest, neither too heavy nor artificially stripped (as is the case with many commercially minded rosé these days).