L’épine de la rose
2015 Pays d’Oc I.G.P., Les Vins Harmonies, French rosé wine
Selected, assembled and aged in France by Sélections Chartier at Clos des Augustins, Pic Saint-Loup, Saint-Mathieu-de-Tréviers, Languedoc.
The Origins of the Name « L’Épine de la Rose »
“L’Épine” (thorn): because of a rose’s thorns, obviously, but also in reference to the prickly flavours of Asian and Mexican cuisines which pair perfectly with this rosé’s aromatic profile.
“de la Rose”: in reference to the wine’s floral flavours and colour, as well as to all the ingredients that share aromas with roses and which perfectly pair with this wine.
The brand new L’épine de la Rose vintage of dry rosé wine is the 5th in the Vins Harmonies range now available at your IGA Grocery store. This vintage was born of the gorgeous 2015 Mediteranean crop and elaborated by François Chartier in collaboration with Bordeaux oenologist Pascal Chatonnet at Clos des Augustins, a ORGANIC (biodynamic) culture domain located in the Pic Saint-Loup appellation of the Languedoc region. At once full-flavoured, complex and smooth thanks to a selection of very old grenache noir vines rounded out with a higher proportion of syrah to spice-up and invigorate its aromatic profile—, this rosé will undoubtedly become another consumer favourite among the wines created by producer and wine vintner-merchant Chartier Créateur d’harmonies! François Chartier has indeed become a reference in rosé wines in Québec. For three consecutive years, one of his rosé wines was selected in the top three best rosés of the year available in Québec by wine critics.
Originates mainly from the Pic Saint-Loup AOC and some neighbouring zones. The Mezy family’s Clos des Augustins domain subscribes to biodynamic culture principles and comprises rich terroirs, some hotter than others, composed of red clay over worn pebbles that yield superbly mature fruits on the vine, despite the brisk nights of this area located north of Montpellier. Young and old vines as well as different types of terroir were involved in the creation of this cuvée born of a direct pressing and a specific aging that gives it the distinctive smooth palate tha makes it stand out among the vast majority of rosés. As for all the other wines by Chartier, Bordeaux oenologist Pascal Chatonnet was involved in all creative stages, as were, in this case, Clos des Augustins’ wine-growers and oenologists Frédéric and Pauline Mezy.
Complementary Foods to Pair with the Rosé
As a vintner and merchant, Chartier’s idea behind the elaboration of this rosé was to create a gastronomy wine that will pair with the flavourful ingredients of summer cuisine as well as bottle age over a period of two years, giving it even more aromatic complexity and texture, which will allow it to be paired with the warmer fall and winter cuisines.
You can pair this rosé to your favourite dishes that include one or more of these ingredients: saffron, Sriracha sauce and other hot sauces, salmon and trout, fish or red meat tartares, and all your favourite summer dishes, even the spiciest ones! Let’s not forget shrimps and langoustines, calamari and squid, tuna, fresh and sundried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, potatoes and other grilled vegetables, bean sprouts, grilled white meats, basil, pink grapefruit juice, peanuts, roasted sesame oil, olive oil, paprika, pimenton, Espelette pepper, hot peppers, rose water, and red apples. No matter what you cook that incorporates two or more of these ingredients, you will create a perfect harmony both in your dish and between that dish and your glass of wine, provided it is L’Épine de la Rose!
—Salmon or trout papillotte with orange and pink grapefruit*
—Black tea, raspberry, basil and Chartier’s rosé cocktail-pitcher*
–Pan Bagnat (Tuna, tomato, olive oil, etc., sandwich)*
—GRILLED SALMON FILET WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO*
—Beef tartar with shiitake mushrooms, marinated beets and parmesan curls*
—PASTA WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO*
–GRILLED SALMON FILET WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO.
—TOMATO, BASIL AND OLIVE OIL SOUP*
–WATERMELON, SHRIMP, CHERRY TOMATO AND PAPRIKA OIL SKEWERS*
–COLD SHRIMP SALAD WITH PINK GRAPEFRUIT VINAIGRETTE*
—Tomato and paprika tartar “with or without” shrimp and pink grapefruit juice*
–Lobster roll-type lobster with saffron and rosé mayonnaise*
–Shrimp for Chartier’s rosé*
–Exotic vegetables and shrimp chips for Chartier’s rosé! *
–Salmon or trout papillotte with orange and pink grapefruit*
–SALMON TROUT AND FRESH TOMATO SALSA
–GRILLED CHICKEN WITH BASIL PESTO.
—VEAL BURGER WITH SUNDRIED TOMATOES
–GRILLED CALAMARI SALAD WITH PINK GRAPEFRUIT AND ESPELETTE PEPPER VINAIGRETTE.
—CHICKEN AND GRILLED VEGETABLES SALAD WITH HOT PEPPERS.
—OVEN-BAKED LANGOUSTINE WITH SAFFRON BUTTER.
—BASIL PESTO PASTA
–BEAN SPROUTS AND GRILLED VEGETABLE SALAD.
—GOAT CHEESE SALAD WITH BASIL OIL
*Recipes available on this site.
Don’t forget the 800 recipes available in the four-volume Papilles pour tous! collection, many of which are on the aromatic path of this rosé. New recipes created specifically for this new rosé wine will also be available here soon.