Les Vignobles Foncalieu has shared a new, limited edition rosé – another addition to its artist series designed by French street artist Nerone.
Made from single vineyard selections of Grenache grown on clay-limestone marl soils on north-facing hillsides the IGP Pays d’Oc. Le Versant Rosé 2020 is sure to please lovers of the grape.
The makers promise that the pale pink pairs well with a myriad of dishes, from monkfish tangine, to white meats, tandoori chicken, and even crumble.
Previously Nerone has created designs for the likes of Puma, Jaguar and Land Rover. The French street artist, recognized for his abstract flower patterning, has works everywhere from Berlin and Seoul to Paris, New York to Bangkok.
In addition to Le Versant, Foncalieu makes a number of other rosé expressions from Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot.
Head viticulturist Gabriel Ruetsch has also supervised plantings of forgotten gems such as Sauvignon gris and Piquepoul noir.
Speaking on the new rose, Foncalieu’s director of winemaking, Nathalie Estribeau said:
“The 4,800 hectares farmed by our 794 member growers cover a variety of vineyard sites – a diversity that forms the linchpin of Languedoc’s success – from Carcassonne to Béziers, the Minervois to the Corbières and over to the coast”.
Estribeau uses techniques like lees ageing, co-fermenting grape varieties and barrel ageing to add greater complexity and longevity to the rosés she makes.
Foncalieu is one of southern France’s leading rosé specialists, which accounts for over 30% of its total production, with predicted annual sales of 10 million bottles by 2025.
Sustainability is also a key pillar of the company’s ethos, with 165 hectares currently farmed organically and 180 hectares in the conversion phase. All of the wines made by Foncalieu are vegan friendly.
For more information on the new, limited edition Les Vignobles Foncalieu rose, check out the brand’s official website.