L’effet papillon Rosé 2021 comes from selected parcels of Grenache grown in the weathered schist of the Agly Valley, not far from Domaine le Roc des Anges itself. In the glass, the wine has a limpid, pale gold-pink color, which somehow seems to be illuminated from inside the glass. Aromas of yellow peaches, red cherries, tangerine zest, and lilacs move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with dried lavender, sweet cream, and the cinnamon-like side of fresh green perilla as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is almost fleshy, yet dry and refreshing, with wild strawberries and persimmon joining the red cherries and peaches, all seasoned with fresh acidity and palpable saline minerality. Drink now until next spring, when we hope that a 2022 vintage will arrive, with almost anything you can imagine, or with nothing at all but a good friend to share.
About this wine producer: By helping the local cooperative's growers understand the benefits of sustainable farming, limited yields and harvesting before the grapes are over mature, Marjorie and Stéphane Gallet are aiming to raise the general quality of wine in their appellation. The wine comes from selected parcels, grown in the stony, red clay soil of Rivesaltes, just 15 km from the Mediterranean. “Stéphane has the hardest job,” Marjorie told me. “He needs to be sensitive, but insistent, when he makes decisions that the growers don’t understand, like limiting the yield and harvesting before the grapes are overmature. And he needs every skill of diplomacy when he’s supervising the winemaking at the co-op.” It’s demanding work, but the result is now ten vintages of the finest wines ever made at the Cave Coopérative de Rivesaltes.