A historic vineyard, the Prieuré de Montézargues was originally a monastery dating from 1199. The vineyard is a single 84-acre parcel and is sheltered from the Mistral wind by the Montagne Noire mountain range. The original stone priory buildings blend seamlessly into the landscape, forming a micro-terroir and the unique personality of the Montézargues estate wines. This micro-terroir is composed of sandy soils coved by a layer of ‘galets’ – large, round, well-worn stones that were carried down from the Alps by glaciers during the last ice age. Grapes are hand-harvested early in the morning and carefully sorted. The grapes undergo direct pressing in a pneumatic press for three hours. After fermentation at a low temperature, the wine is blended and aged on fine lees for four months in stainless steel vats.
A bright cherry pink, this Tavel rosé shows aromas of ripe strawberries and blood orange. On the palate, this complex and balanced wine has notes of anise, grapefruit and pomelo with a mineral streak. It has good length.