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Wine Details
Frédéric Maignet, Consultant Oenologist talking with Grégory Barbet, President, in the cellars while sampling red wines

Imperial Rosé 2020

Beaujolais
  • 75cl bottle

This rosé is made from Gamay. It is expressive with a nose of small red berries.

Vineyards

Dominique and his son Nicolas cultivate their vines naturally according to the Terra Vitis requirements, so as to preserve the biological balance of the soil. Vines are grown in an old fashioned manner, with grass between rows and Green Harvest being practiced to lower yields and to increase the quality of the grapes.

Vintage

A relatively dry and mild winter combined with a warm start to spring led to an early bud burst. We escaped spring frost on the 1st and 2nd of April with temperatures of -2 °C. Our vineyards were not impacted because the soil was dry. After a few cooler days in mid-May, flowering was quickly over, under ideally dry and warm weather. The summer started well but with a significant water deficit. July 2020 was the third driest July since 1964 (after 1993 & 2015). Fortunately, there was a significant rainfall on the 15th of July followed by a heat wave from the 20th of July with a few storms around the areas of Saint-Amour and Juliénas. Yet, there were big disparities in rainfall from one village to another. Both heat waves that were recorded from July 25th to August 2nd and from August 10th to 21st, followed by 2 days of strong southerly wind which withered or even parched some grapes, especially the ones with western exposure. Rainfall on 29th and 30th August arrived just at the right time to fill the grapes just before harvest. The resulting grapes were beautiful, the vineyards were very healthy and the vines completed phenolic maturation peacefully. The harvest continued with sunny days and cool nights. Perfect conditions to allow for a good or perhaps even great vintage.

Winemaking

Made by the 'saignée' method, this wine gets its beautiful salmon colour from contact with the grape skins.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Salads and Picnics
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses
Try with a fresh salad and crusty bread.