In a nutshell: A classically dry, elegant and organic Côtes de Provence rosé
The lowdown: On his 45 hectare domaine Olivier Duffort of Château Gairoird grows numerous Provençal grape varieties, led by Grenache, Cinsault and Vermentino, many of which go into this deliciously tasty rosé. After being night harvested the juice is cool fermented before resting on its lees until bottling the January after harvest. This gives it a little extra body and depth of flavour. It's got fresh aromas of grapefruit, peach and strawberry bursting out with floral notes that follow through to the palate. Crisp and with a nicly clean mouthfeel it has a satisfying lengthy finish.
When to drink: Classical Provençal style done very well. This is also a good rosé to drink with food, think all sorts of meaty, full flavoured fish.
Château Gairord is located in Provence, Cuers, twenty km away from Toulon and the sea, halfway between Marseille and Saint-Tropez.
Built in 1734, the Château stands in a green oasis, with an abundant source. Olivier de Pierrefeu, the fourth generation of winemakers, excels at producing Côtes de Provence organic wines.
The vineyard is between the villages of Cuers and Puget-Ville with the northern wind blowing strong here, protecting the vineyard from moisture-related diseases. The climate is dry, although undergoing the maritime influence and the terroir is composed of well-draining clay-limestone gravel, called "gravoches".