Domaine Milan Vin de France Brut Nature Rosé 2018
'This is a dry sparkling wine from the Milan stable with this one usually being fermented from Grenache (80%), Mourvedre (20%) and a little Alicante which were all grown on clay and limestone in their Eyragues vineyard.
However the 2018 vintage was not a good one for this vineyard. The vineyard is in an area where they normally rely on the strong winds from the north to dry out the vines after heavy rain, but this year there was no wind so the vines were attacked with mildew and so there were very few grapes to pick. For this reason the Milans decided to use all the grapes from this vineyard to make the sparkling rosé.
So, for 2018 only the grape varieties in this wine are Grenache, Mourvedre, Alicante, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Pinot Gris, Vermentino, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Chenin and Niellucciu.
This is not a pet nat but rather has been made using the méthode traditionelle where a still white wine is made first and then, when the wine is bottled, yeast is added to start a second fermentation. No sugar is added after the fermentation which is why you see the words Non Dosé on the back label.
The wine has been disgorged and then topped up with the same wine.
It is a light, lingering, savoury drink with excellent length. Good for matching to a wide range of foods.'
- Living Wines