WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    White Blend
  • APPELLATION
    France
  • ALCOHOL
    12.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Gris de Gris des Sables is a particular style of rosé wine made especially in the Camargue, a blend of southern red grapes like Grenache and Cinsault, pressed gently to extract a delicate, pale salmon color. For more than a century the Saumade family has tended vines on the sandy shores of the Camargue delta in the south of France. The sea is but 200 yards from the edge of their vineyards—and this influence, from the air’s moisture that keeps vines quenched to sea salt that keeps them healthy, is why organic viticulture here is as natural as the tides and the call of seabirds overhead.

TASTING NOTES 

If Languedoc is the land of sun (and it is), then this is pure, bottled, sunny bliss. Bright and fresh aromas of ruby grapefruit lift flavors of strawberries through every sip. Like a walk in a field of lavender, this bottle is floral in all the best ways.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Just 200 yards from the Mediterranean coastline, estate
vineyards are influenced by the sea. Humidity keeps the vines from suffering
hydric stress; sea salt, acting as a natural antiseptic, keeps rootstock healthy.
Soils are sandy, poor in nutrients, yet well-draining. Grain is planted between
rows in the winter to help prevent erosion, and is plowed under in the spring
as natural compost.

Hand-harvested in the evening when temperatures are
coolest. Grapes are destemmed and pressed immediately to extract the
characteristically delicate pink color of ‘gris de gris’ wines. Fermented on
indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks.