2018 Chateau Riotor Rose
Chateau Riotor is located in the prime Massif des Maures region where wonderfully fresh rose wines are produced. Owned for four generations by the Abeille family (of the famed Chateau Mont-Redon in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), the vineyard is planted with the classic varieties for the region of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah together with a little Rolle (Vermentino) which is blended into the rose.
Translucent salmon pink in colour. Elevated peach, strawberry and subtle blood orange aromas rise from the glass with some wet stone notes in the background. Delicious peach, raspberry and blood orange fruits have a supple feel across the palate underscored by light musk and stony characters. Dry, brisk finish with a long spicy well rounded aftertaste.
Pale brilliant pink. Lively, mineral-accented orange zest, strawberry and floral scents show very good clarity and pick up a spicy nuance with aeration. Nicely concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering incisive red berry, blood orange and floral pastille flavors underscored by a dusty mineral quality. Shows sharp delineation and cut on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity. Drink 2019-2022.
Josh Raynolds – Vinous