First of all I have no clue why this wine is named Rozeta and why it contains a Z. But somehow it made me think of the movie title V for Vendetta, and why not have a blogpost title completely without sense !?
Well but back to some facts. Rozeta is made by the young winemaker Maxime Magnon in the AOC Corbières which is the biggest AOC within the Languedoc. This wine is mostly composed of old vine Carignan (80 years) plus some drops of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.
A lot more about Maxime Magnon can be found on Vinofreakism’s post. I knew that this one was made with indigenous yeasts but I am not sure if it’s with or without sulfur… I guess it’s either without or with just a little since the vendor sold it to me in the context of a Vin Naturel discussion.
And the nose confirms the VN theory with the VN signature cinnamon and apple juice touch. But it also has hints of berries and something slightly floral and fresh.
On the palate it appears foremost juicy, with red and pink berries all over (raspberries are pink, right?). It is of medium weight with some tannic shrapnel on your palate lending enough structure.
But I am exaggerating when saying shrapnel: tannins are already quite powder-like and the wine is rather characterized by its lovely juiciness. There is also something floral reminding violets and roses plus some garrigue herbs. The wine falls off a bit on the mid palate and its finish is quite a quick one as well. This wine is a red thirst-quencher with a hint of complexity, but definitely more easy drinking than intellectual. A perfect red for a barbecued steak in the summer, that also profits from being slightly chilled. Interesting also that this wine delivers well with 5 years age, the maturity didn’t really translate in the aromatics. Could this even age further? Could the tannins even integrate better and how long would the bright fruit notes hold? It doesn’t really matter – this wine is meant to be drunk now for refreshment and pleasure.
PS: a day later, the wine opens up and develops towards a fiery spiciness, reminding pepper and some (albeit very slight) cigarbox.