Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a maison de negoce specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs. As well as their desire to produce high quality wines consistent with their terroirs, they are committed to making wines which reflect their convictions and experience.
Limestone clay. The vines are located west of Limoux at an altitude of 200 to 300 meters where the average rainfall is 800 mm/year. The climate is humid and temperate, open to westerly flows and warm periods. Maturity is later than in the Mediterranean and Autan terroirs.
60 % Chardonnay, 30 % Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir.
Traditional method: Harvesting is done exclusively by hand. The grapes are transported to the cellar in small crates, where direct pressing is carried out and then produced like a classic rosé wine in thermo-regulated vats at 15°C. After careful blending between several vats, the wine is then bottled after adding selected yeasts. This is when the second fermentation (prise de mousse) starts and traps the bubbles of carbon dioxide in the bottle. After letting the wine rest in contact with the lees for 15 months, the final stage consists of stirring the wine upside down to concentrate the deposit towards the neck so as to expel it after freezing.
Beautiful cherry pink colour with slightly green reflections. The bubbles are small, delicate and explosive. The nose is well balanced with an attack of ripe red fruits, wild strawberries, raspberries. A greedy mouth, ample with a nice freshness where we find the aromas of jinx and exotic fruits. Lovely, long length on the finish makes this Cremant rose a very festive, refreshing and elegant wine.